How to Prevent and Reverse Muscle Wasting
In addition to the biochemical reactions discussed in the article above, focusing mainly on the reduced regenerative action of stem cells in aging muscle, other research has found that as you age, your body also becomes increasingly less able to use the protein in your food for building muscle. And protein is essential for healthy muscle growth and maintenance.
In addition, in seniors, insulin no longer prevents the muscle breakdown between meals and overnight as it normally does in younger subjects.
This double-whammy adds up to significant muscle wasting in sedentary seniors.
Another important factor may be poor blood supply, as this could prevent proper delivery of nutrients and hormones to your muscles. Fortunately, exercise is the natural remedy for this problem as well.
Additional Benefits of Strength Training as You Age
Maintaining healthy muscle mass is not the only benefit you can reap from a regular exercise program that includes strength training.
Preventing heart disease and osteoporosis are two other major benefits.
A key strategy to reduce your risk of heart disease (and a host of other chronic diseases), is to keep your inflammation levels low, and avoiding visceral fat is part of this equation.
Visceral fat is the fat that shows up in your abdomen, surrounding your vital organs including your liver, heart and muscles. Exercise is a critical component for reducing heart disease risk because it both lowers inflammation in your body, and is one of the best weapons against visceral fat.
How does it work?
The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn because they consume calories around the clock, even when you’re resting and sleeping. So, as you gain more muscle, your body naturally increases the amount of calories burned each day, which reduces fat stores.
As for lowering inflammation, physical exercise accomplishes this naturally by lowering levels of a C-reactive protein (CRP) that is linked to inflammation.
High levels of CRP in your body is associated with a higher than average risk of cardiovascular disease, and has even been suggested as a better indicator of possible heart attack than high cholesterol. mercola.com
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