Muscle mass may play larger role in older adult mortality than obesity

Developing muscle mass may play a large role in reducing early mortalityA UCLA study published in the American Journal of Medicine asserts that, in older age, muscle mass may be a greater predictor of mortality than obesity.  Summarized clinical findings are below:

  • Muscle mass is associated inversely with mortality risk in older adults independently of fat mass and cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors.
  • Anabolic processes that promote muscle bulk may be associated with longer survival
  • Changes in body composition, rather than fat mass alone, should be considered when counseling older adults on preventative health behaviors.  

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