Are you out of breath when you chase after your grandchild? Do you notice aches and pains even after just a short walk? Have you lost considerable weight lately?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing muscle loss – and it’s more common than you think.
“You have more than 600 muscles in your body, which account for up to 40 percent of your body weight – that’s almost half of you,” explains Suzette Pereira, Ph.D., a researcher specializing in muscle health at Abbott. “While aging is natural, losing too much muscle is not and can directly impact your mobility, strength, energy level, immune system and even organ function.”
From movement to metabolism, and even organ function support, muscles are the ultimate multi-taskers. Here are the common risks experienced when you lose too much muscle: