As we age, we become more susceptible to certain diseases, illnesses, and conditions. One specific condition that can result in many negative side effects is called Sarcopenia, which causes muscle weakness. Sarcopenia starts to occur when we’re around 40 years old and then ramps up faster after we turn 75. The only way to neutralize the effects of sarcopenia is through exercise.
It makes sense that our muscles would weaken over time, especially if our lifestyle changes as we become less active. It’s not so much the muscle loss that is worrisome as we age – it’s the things that can happen as a result of weakened muscles such as falls.
Risk of falling
Reducing the risk of falling as we age is very important. Injuries around the home are quite common as we age. It can be something as simple as slipping on a wet spot on hardwood floor or tripping over something left on the floor. The results of these falls are more critical for seniors as they are often more frail and susceptible to broken bones, fractures, and other injuries. Additionally, as we age, there is a higher risk of falling due to slowed reflexes, weakened muscles, worsening eyesight, imbalance, and hearing issues.
Illnesses and diseases as we age
In addition to muscle loss, there are other conditions that we are more susceptible to as we age, including:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Cerebrovascular Disease (Strokes)
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Dementia (Including Alzheimer’s Disease)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Hearing Loss