It’s important to keep in mind all year long that proper nutrition and an active lifestyle are important factors to staying healthy and increasing overall well-being. A good diet and regular exercise help keep muscles, bones and organs strong, boost energy levels and support our immune system.
General evidence shows that the majority of aging adults do not meet key nutrient intake levels recommended for a healthy and active life. When it comes to nutrition, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve and feed our body enough of the right nutrients to stay strong. Protein and certain essential vitamins and minerals are especially important in reducing age-related muscle loss and keeping us fueled.
MUSCLE LOSS AND AGING
Many people don’t realize, but as we age, we naturally lose muscle mass. In fact, starting at age 40, adults lose on average eight percent of muscle mass each decade, and the rate of loss increases to 15 percent per decade after the age of 70.1-5
Abbott has been studying muscle health for more than a decade. We’ve seen the impact that the loss of muscle has on people’s energy, ability to recover and overall quality of life. That’s why we've taken our advanced science and developed targeted, specialized nutrition to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time* in therapeutic nutrition products such as Ensure®.
LIFESTYLE AND NUTRITION TIPS
It’s never too late to reduce muscle loss and adopt better habits. To make sure that your lifestyle and diet supports healthy aging, consider these expert nutrition tips:
For more information about maintaining healthy muscles and to read more tips, visit http://ensure.com/healthier-you-tips.
1. Evans WJ. Protein nutrition, exercise and aging. J Am Coll Nutr 2004; 23:601S-609S.
2. Grimby G et al. Morphology and enzymatic capacity in arm and leg muscles in 78-81 year old men and women. Acta Physiol Scand. 1982 ;115 :125-34.
3. Grimby G, Saltin B. The Aging Muscle. Clin Physiol. 1983; 3(3):209-218.
4. Larsson L, et al. Muscle strength and speed of movement in relation to age and muscle morphology. J Appl Physiol.1979 ;46 :451-456.
5. Janssen I, et al. Skeletal muscle mass and distribution in 468 men and women aged 18-88 yr. J Appl Physiol. 2000; 89:81-88.
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