What Causes Muscle
Mass Loss In Men?
Your hormones could be to blame for muscle loss.
Your hormones could be to blame for muscle loss.
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Sarcopenia is most prevalent in men aged 50 years and over; the older you get, the more an issue it can become. Sarcopenia develops after physiological and systemic changes in the body including hormonal changes, inflammation, alterations in skeletal muscle tissue, and oxidative stress. These changes alter muscle protein synthesis. The leading causes of sarcopenia are the passage of time, lack of exercise, poor diet, and reduced hormone levels.
Many men reach the point when they go to the gym and stop getting the results they’re used to. Sarcopenia is characterized by gradual loss of muscle which increases over the years and leads to general weakness.
Symptoms of sarcopenia include:
Sarcopenia can be caused by factors out of your control, such as serious disease and being bedridden. However, the progress of sarcopenia is highly dependent on lifestyle. With the right lifestyle changes, you can control, avoid and even reverse muscle loss.
Sarcopenia is prevalent among those that live a sedentary lifestyle, as is highlighted by the effects of being bedridden on muscle. Studies show that you lose around 1% for every day spent in bed, showing the importance of physical activity on muscle.
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There is growing evidence  in the connection between type 2 diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) and sarcopenia. T2DM’s characteristics negatively affect various aspects of muscle health, including muscle mass, strength, quality, and function through impairments in protein metabolism (muscle building), vascular efficiency (blood flow), and mitochondrial dysfunction (where energy cells struggle to convert sugars into energy).
Men with T2DM often have low testosterone levels, increased visceral fat, and other metabolic syndrome symptoms. The partnership between visceral fat and low testosterone is damaging because testosterone’s aromatization into estradiol from fat lowers overall testosterone levels.
With low testosterone, the biggest issue is visceral fat, which actively lowers your levels. The answer is always to readjust the balance by giving patients testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone increases metabolism, promotes fat burning, increases muscle mass, and reduces the chance of T2DM and sarcopenia developing.
Sarcopenia results from falling hormones, not being physically active enough, a poor diet, and often excess alcohol and smoking. Maintaining healthy muscles and reducing visceral fat is the best thing you can do to protect yourself against age-related disease. Men that keep fit, eat well, and maintain an optimal hormone balance will be at an advantage in achieving a healthier and longer life. The combination of these elements will reduce your risk of losing muscle, frailty, and osteoporosis. The benefits of optimal hormones improve so many aspects of your life.
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