Despite Risks, Americans Are Not Taking Action to Protect Themselves Against Muscle Loss as They Age
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Muscle loss is a serious issue that can lead to severe health and lifestyle consequences, yet building and maintaining muscle isn't top of mind for most adults," said Evelyn Granieri, M.D., M.P.H., MSEd from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York who provided expert input into the survey before it was fielded. "Especially with an aging baby boomer population, it's important that people take charge of their health and take action now so that they can continue doing the things they enjoy in the future.
Facts on Muscle Loss and Aging
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With a rapidly growing aging population in the U.S., muscle health is an important issue that everyone over the age of 40 should seriously consider, said Dr. Granieri. "Talking to your doctor or dietitian is a great way to establish small steps to take to protect your muscle health today so you can have a much more active and productive life as you age.
About the Survey
The survey was conducted on behalf of Abbott among 1,000 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and older, with an oversample of 200 interviews among American adults who have suffered from a serious, temporary illness or injury in the past year. The interviews were conducted online by Wakefield Research between February 10 and February 16, 2010. The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging provided expert, independent review on the survey in advance of its release. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population ages 18 and older. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.1 percentage points for the national component of the study and +/- 6.9 percentage points for the recent patient oversample.
Related Resources and Links
AGS Foundation for Health in Aging: http://www.healthinaging.org/about/mission.php
Media Assets: http://www.e-mediaroom.com/MuscleHealthSurvey
Abbott Nutrition: http://www.abbottnutrition.com
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-- Clinical research shows that starting at age 40, the body can lose eight percent of muscle per decade, which can lead to loss of strength, mobility and the freedom to enjoy daily life. -- In fact, one in three Americans surveyed over age 45 point directly to their loss of strength or mobility as the reason for giving up activities they once enjoyed. -- Yet, despite the risks associated with muscle loss, of those surveyed, only a quarter make both a balanced diet and resistance training part of their everyday routine and 80 percent of Americans over age 45 have never discussed the issue with their physician.
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