Losing muscle? 8 ways it may impact your health

IANS | Jun 20, 2020, 02:18 PM IST

Are you tired by the time you reach the top of the stairs? Have you been ill or hospitalized and lost weight recently? Are you walking slower than normal? These can all be signs of muscle loss, and it`s more common than you might think. Advanced muscle loss, or sarcopenia, affects one in three adults aged 50 and older. Because muscles are intrinsically linked to so many systems, research published in `The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine` argues that a person`s muscle mass is a far better predictor of health than BMI, or body mass index. We list out top 8 ways muscle loss may impact your health.

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Falls and fractures

Falls and fractures

Falls and fractures are the leading cause of injury and death among older adults. Photo: Reuters

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Hit on body weight

Hit on body weight

Muscle mass is the single-greatest determiner of metabolic rate, or how many calories you burn per day. Photo: Reuters

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Loss of mobility strength

Loss of mobility strength

Loss of strength can limit mobility and result in loss of independence. Photo: Reuters

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Risk for heart

Risk for heart

Your heart is a muscle and muscle loss can impact cardiovascular health. Photo: Pixabay

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Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance

Muscles use blood glucose, or sugar, for fuel. Muscle loss may increase the risk of insulin resistance. Photo: Pixabay

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Hospital complications

Hospital complications

Patients with low muscle are prone to pressure injury, infection and are often unable to complete physically demanding treatments like chemotherapy. Photo: Reuters

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Breathing problems

Breathing problems

For people with respiratory issues, muscle loss can lead to additional complications. Photo: Reuters

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Life expectancy

Life expectancy

A higher muscle to fat ratio has been linked to greater longevity in older adults. Photo: Reuters