Muscle Loss in Men
Age related muscle loss, or sarcopenia can start as early as 20 or 25 but is most drastic after age 60. Over time, muscle cells atrophy and start converting muscle fibers into fat as a result of motor neurons no longer sending signals to your brain to move the muscles. Muscles will naturally experience atrophy if the body is largely inactive; if you don't use the muscles, you will likely lose them. Every year between the ages of 25 and 60, the physically inactive male will lose muscle mass and muscle strength at a rate of .5% and although this number may seem low, it adds up quickly. After the age of 60, male muscle loss doubles to about 1% every year. After 70, muscle mass and muscle strength declines by 2% every year. This doubling continues every ten years until death. It manifests itself in the loss of muscle strength and overall muscle mass.
Causes of Muscle Loss:
There is a proportional relationship between declining levels of testosterone and muscle loss in men. Testosterone is vital to producing strong muscles, they go hand in hand. The hormone binds to receptors in your muscle cells, telling your muscles to contract and grow. When your body is experiencing a loss of testosterone it can cause male muscle loss because there is not enough of the hormone to bind to your muscle cells.
Poor nutrition is also a key factor in male muscle loss. Muscles need protein to grow and if your diet is high in sugar and low in protein, your muscles will not have the fuel they need to regenerate resulting in male muscle loss.
A combination of individualized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, in addition to pharmaceutical grade supplements and a customized nutrition and fitness program will ensure that your body is getting what it needs to start rebuilding muscle mass and strength.