A study published by the National Library of Medicine states that people over the age of 40 may lose up to 8% of muscle mass per decade, with rates doubling after the age of 70.
This means sarcopenia, a.k.a. advanced muscle loss, affects nearly one (1) in three (3) people over the age of 50.
Healthy muscles are necessary for proper organ functions, skin health, immunity, and metabolism. Thus, maintaining muscle mass is essential for a happy and healthy senior life.
According to Suzette Pereira, Ph.D., a researcher specializing in muscle health, “Muscle health can often predict how healthy we will be as we age and how long we will be active and independent.”
With years of experience in providing reliable therapy services, we at League City Physical Therapy have made this list of suggestions for our clients to maintain muscle mass safely and effectively.
- Engage in regular exercise with variations including resistance training.
- Get protein from good sources like lean meats, eggs, and beans. Seniors should aim for 25-30 grams of protein at every meal.
- Talk to your doctor about nutrition and if required, physical therapy in Texas, especially if you’re ill.
- If you’re going through an outpatient rehab in Houston, attain full recovery in your setting of choice.