Why is muscle weight important as you age?
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Muscles are one of the most important parts of the body, responsible for strength, balance, and for overall well being of an individual. Hence, muscles are as important as other systems of the body to maintain a healthy life. Losing muscle mass or strength can pose significant challenges as even the most simple tasks like getting off a chair or walking can get difficult.
Age and muscle loss:
As we age, maintaining muscles becomes more difficult. Moreover, losing muscles is also a natural part of aging (known as sarcopenia), as people start losing about three to five percent of muscle mass after the age of thirty. Most people lose up to a third of their muscle mass during their lifetime. Thus, to some extent, muscle loss with age is inevitable. However, certain steps like exercise and workout can be taken to preserve muscle mass and to lower the effect of aging.
Importance of muscle mass with age:
Loss of muscle mass poses significant challenges, especially in older people like:
- Loss of muscle mass leads to loss of strength. This leads to loss of function, difficulty in performing simple chores like sitting, getting up, walking, etc. and hence restricts mobility and freedom to some extent.
- Muscle loss can also make bones and joints more vulnerable. Bones and joints are more prone to breaking and fractures due to loss of muscle mass. It also increases the risk of conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, joint injuries, etc.
- Loss of muscle mass leads to slower metabolism and weight gain. It also indirectly increases the risk of various health conditions like heart diseases and diabetes.
Hence, it is extremely important to maintain muscle mass with age, which can be achieved with the help of strength training and other forms of workout.