muscle

  1. Muscle restored in seniors with this simple plan

    RESTORE lost muscle effortlessly – even if you’re a little older

    You’ve seen it happen all around you.

    You PRAYED it wouldn’t happen to you.

    And at first, it might’ve seemed like you got away with it: You reached your senior years without that debilitating loss of muscle that hits so many others.

    But then it happened.

    You got weaker. Maybe you’re getting weaker still. And your doctor just shrugs and insists this is part and parcel of the whole aging thing.

    Many people even believe it, too. Why wouldn’t they? Doctor said so!

    Well, friend, I’m here today to say something else.

    You can’t stop the whole aging thing…

    But you certainly CAN stop your muscle loss -- and END the weakness and fatigue that come along with it.

    You can even go in the other direction, too: As you get older… you could grow stronger!

    Stop the “muscle wasting” blamed on age

    New research confirms just what I tell my own patients:

    It ain’t your age!

    Sure, there’s a set of circumstances more likely to happen as you get older that leads to muscle loss.

    You have to work a little harder to keep your muscle.

    And, of course, none of us hit 80 with the strength we had in our 40s.

    But the study confirms the REAL problem isn’t in the number of birthday cakes you’ve had…

    It’s in your genes.

    Scientists say they’ve now identified the genes responsible for muscle loss.

    Even better, they’ve gone a step further…

    They know the specific form of muscle loss that strikes with age – the kind that leads to weakness, falls, disability and in some cases even death.

    Of course, like most in the mainstream, they’re already talking about the usual answer – turning this new discovery into a target for a drug.

    I can only imagine the horrors that’ll unfold next.

    Tweaking genes is often like trying adjust a house of cards… from the bottom… because each one has interactions with the others, often in ways that aren’t always obvious.

    But one wrong tweak and the whole thing comes crashing down.

    Besides, why bother with these Frankenstein experiments when we already have ways to build, preserve, enhance and protect muscle in seniors?

    Start with some exercise. There’s no two ways about it: To keep strong, you need to do some resistance training.

    The good news is you don’t have to go all Schwarzenegger in the gym. Google “chair exercises” for some basic moves you can try at home that’ll do the trick.

    But it’s not just about exercise.

    You also have to FEED your muscles, and that means protein.

    Aim for 25-30 grams of protein at every meal, with most of them animal (aka COMPLETE) proteins including meat, eggs, fish and (if you can handle it) dairy.

    Guys, if you find yourself getting weaker no matter what you do, don’t accept it as aging.

    That could be a sign of a hormone deficiency.

    Have a physician who specializes in integrative or functional medicine check your testosterone levels, and help you get back on track if you’re falling short.

  2. The hormone deficiency that's robbing you of muscle

    There's no doubt about it: We all lose a little something off our muscle as we age, and all the training and exercise in the world can't stop it.

    But there's a difference between "losing a little" and "losing a lot" -- and today, far too many seniors are losing WAY too much.

    It's hurting and even killing them. But for men, at least, there may be an easy answer for slowing and reversing the muscle loss that comes with age -- and it's that same hormone that makes you a man in the first place.

    It's testosterone -- and the latest research on 1,200 seniors who were tracked for nearly five years finds that those with the highest levels of it keep the most of their muscle, especially the critical muscle in the arms and legs.

    And those who have the lowest levels, on the other hand, lose more muscle and have more difficulty with basic leg function and simple exercises and even trouble getting up from a chair.

    This shouldn't be too surprising, since the links between the hormone and muscle mass are pretty well known. Bodybuilders have been boosting their testosterone levels for years to help transform themselves into walking mountains of muscle.

    But for seniors, this isn't just some exercise in vanity -- and it's not even about the frustration of, say, losing the ability to open a jar of spaghetti sauce.

    It's a life-or-death issue, because seniors with low muscle mass have an increased risk of falls and other injuries. Reach a certain age, and any fall can lead to long-term hospitalization, permanent institutionalization and even death.

    If you're past middle age -- and certainly, if you're a senior -- odds are the needle on your testosterone tank is swinging towards the "E." A naturopathic physician can top your tank off the right way, but he can't do anything at all if you don't ask.

    In other words, don't be shy on this one.

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