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Older Women Have Harder Time Preserving Muscle Than Men
Date:3/26/2008

erapy), although this has to be balanced against the other risks associated with such treatment," Rennie said.

The researchers noted that maintaining muscle is essential in reducing the risk of falls, one of the major causes of premature death in older adults. After age 50, people lose up to 0.4 percent of muscle mass per year.

Women are at particular risk for muscle mass decline, because they tend to have less muscle and more fat than men in early and middle age, which means they're already closer to the "danger" threshold of becoming frail when they're in their 50s and 60s, the researchers said.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about healthy aging for older adults.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Nottingham, news release, March 25, 2008


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