The importance of muscle mass for seniors
As we age, it becomes increasingly important to maintain muscle mass. Not only does muscle mass help us move more easily and look our best, but it also has a direct impact on our health. Muscle mass is essential for bone health, insulin sensitivity, and balance.
Unfortunately, muscle mass declines with age. Muscle mass decreases approximately 3–8% per decade after the age of 30 and this rate of decline is even higher after the age of 60. This involuntary loss of muscle mass, strength, and function is a fundamental cause of and contributor to disability in older people.
The loss of muscle mass is due to a number of factors, with changes in activity level and hormones being two of the major ones. The more we can retain our muscle mass as we age, the longer we can maintain healthy levels of activity, resiliency, and independence.
Tracking muscle mass can be done with a body composition scan. Our X ONE PRO bioelectrical impedance scan uses sensors to measure different types of tissue, including muscle, fat, and bone.
We can track your muscle mass over time, and ensure that you are maintaining (or building) muscle to support optimal health and vitality. Our scan is quick and informative, and could well support your journey to a long, active, and healthy life!