Did you know that as you age, you start to lose muscle mass? Whilst it sounds scary, this is a totally normal process that happens to every one of us and it’s known as sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is a Greek phrase that literally translated to sarx, “flesh”, and penia, “poverty”. Whilst it is not a life-threatening condition, it certainly can cause unexpected issues relating to your physical health. In this article we’ll tell you all you need to know about sarcopenia, so read on!
Who Is Vulnerable to Sarcopenia?
As we’ve established, sarcopenia affects everyone. The main variable, however, is how much it affects a person and the rate of muscle atrophy as you age. Plenty of variables affect rates of sarcopenia, such as personal genetics, diet, and exercise. But generally, after the age of 30, people lose about 3-5% of their muscle mass each decade. This number gradually speeds up past the age of 75.
What Are the Symptoms of Sarcopenia?
It can be hard to detect sarcopenia as the process is rather gradual. Sarcopenia in loved ones may be made even harder to detect if they are obese. The loss of muscle may lead to reductions in strength and an increase in chances of falling due to a loss of balance.
Can I Prevent or Treat Sarcopenia?
Sarcopenia can be almost impossible to treat as it is a biological process of our body. The best that we can do is to learn to manage it and maybe even slow the rate of muscle atrophy. The best way that we can do this is through exercise, as exercise not only leads to the development of stronger and healthier muscles, but it also gets you more used to controlling your body, reducing the likelihood of loss of balance and falls. Consuming enough protein may also help, as proteins are the building blocks of our muscles and without enough protein, our muscles may not have the tools they need to repair themselves over time.
Healthy Living at Hidden Meadows On The Ridge
At Hidden Meadows On The Ridge By Discovery Senior Living, we are all too aware of the bodily changes our residents go through. We understand that conditions like sarcopenia can be especially debilitating for individuals with other pre-existing medical conditions. Because of this, our exclusive senior living programs are centered as much around health as they are around our resident’s convenience and enjoyment. For instance, our Dimensions Health and Fitness program makes top-notch amenities like senior-equipped fitness centers and physical classes and activities easily accessible to everyone. Our programs are inclusive and designed for everyone, regardless of whether you’re a fitness freak or someone who rarely leaves the house. Our Sensations dining room also ensures our residents get the healthiest and most nutritionally balanced of meals, without skimping on taste or flavor. Our meals are prepared by professional chefs who bring exciting cuisine from all over the world right to your plate.
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