Fact or Fiction Quiz - 1/8/2007
FACT or FICTION?
- The most important variable related muscle loss in older adults is inactivity. FACT. Simply put, if you don't use it, you lose it. Gradual loss of muscle cells with age over 30 is a normal process but is not a problem in older age unless compounded by disuse atrophy from inactivity.
- Decreasing lower body strength is an especially powerful predictor of onset of disability in later years. FACT. Many recent studies looked at the strength of the quadriceps muscle and found that weakness correlated with disability and decrease mobility in older age.
- Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury at home among Americans 65 and older. FACT. Falls in the elderly is a huge issue with devastating results to seniors and their family members. The truth is that many falls can be avoided with education, exercise and medication management. See our article on Fall Prevention listed in our "Patient Corner" documents.
- Individuals who are over 65 year old cannot show strength gains via weight training. FICTION. Studies show that individuals of any age, even in their 90's and above can show significant gains with strength training and stave off the effects of disuse atrophy and show improved mobility and quality of life.
- Weight training is not recommended for individuals over 50 years old. FICTION. Strength training is recommended as a start to any fitness program at any age. Often times strength training is the precursor to muscular endurance and strength required to perform longer duration aerobic activities. Increase % of lean mass from strength training also increases your metabolism allowing you to burn more calories at rest because it takes more energy to support muscle than fat.
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