Posted By RichC on June 29, 2014
Aging sneaks up on most of us and before you know it your muscles have atrophied and often joints become a painful reminder that we may have abused them in our youth. Thankfully, I’m still functioning on all cylinders even if I’m regularly reminded that I can’t (and shouldn’t) try to physically work as I did in my 30’s and 40’s. Inevitably we’ll all suffer from “sarcopenia” – but maybe we can slow it down? (Did you know that we achieve peak muscle mass in our early 40’s? Hmm?)
- Until treatment/drugs that inhibits a protein call myostatin are approved (hopefully soon), remain active and balance diet with exercise.
- Step up basic household chores and add purposeful walking to your daily routine
- Ask your doctor about losartan (Cozaar) if you are being treated for high blood pressure. John Hopkins researchers are seeing promising results in the rate of muscle decline.
- As long as you are watching your diet and exercising, eat more “lean” protein
- Talk to your doctor about adding a vitamin D supplement IF LOW (shown to increase strength and reduced falls)
- Don’t be sedentary. Include aerobic, strength, flexibility and balance training exercise.
- Build up a reserve of muscle tone and overall “health reserves” to compress the end of life frailty that inevitably will come to those who live a long life.