How to Prevent Muscle Loss as You Age


This is a big problem for those who are getting up there in age. This article was on ‘Fox news’ and I know lots don’t watch or read Fox news so am forwarding it on to you as I think it is important.

As you get older, changes in your sex drive, energy levels and memory are all things you have to contend with.
Between 5 and 13 percent of people age 60 to 70 and between 11 and 50 percent of those age 80 and older are affected by sarcopenia(muscle loss)

To help prevent this here are some suggestions:-

1. Eat protein-rich foods.
We do not eat enough protein, calories and amino acids. People who doubled up on protein had an increase in muscle protein synthesis. Eat Eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, dairy, beans and legumes they are all great protein sources. Add a whey protein shake into your diet to get your fill.

2. Off to the Gym:
weight training is crucial because it consistently activates and signals the muscles to grow.
150 to 300 minutes of any type of moderate-endurance exercise a week is so good for your muscles

3.  Sleep.
7 to nine hours is recommended

4. Don’t cut carbs.
You need the energy you get from carbs. Aim to get 6 to 11 servings of whole grains, sweet potatoes, beans, legumes and fruit.

5. Get enough vitamin D.
Sunlight is essential. Also get plenty of orange juice, cereals, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, beef liver or egg yolks.

6. Limit your alcohol intake.
Not a good one for me but try if you will. Women should limit their alcohol consumption to one glass per day — a 5 ounce glass of wine or a 12 ounce beer — and men should limit it to two.

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