Most Elderly are fragile. They are more commonly victims of fall, fractures and other injuries. A decreased workload, an empty house, long hours seating, years of vitamins deficiency can be an explanation and an addition to the problem.
- Nutrition and exercise are the best and only way to reinforce muscle’s damage at any age. Vitamin deficiency is a big problem in the elderly.
Gradual loss of muscle mass: a risk factor for disability in older adults.
A new study published in science daily on January 18, 2013 has clarified nutritional factors that contribute to loss of muscle mass, or conversely, are beneficial to the maintenance of muscle mass.
Professor Jean-Philippe Bonjour, professor of medicine at the service of bone diseases mentioned:
- ‘Adequate nutritional intake and an optimal dietary acid-base balance are very important elements of any strategy to preserve muscle mass and strength during aging.’
What should you get in your daily diet?
Maintaining muscle health.
- More fruits and vegetables.
- Make sure that vitamin B12 and or folic acid are at adequate levels.
- Avoid excess intake of acid-producing nutrients like meat and cereal grains.
- Vitamin D deficiency may lead to muscle weakness. Blood test of 25-OH-D may be done.