What is muscle loss? Well, another name for this is muscle atrophy. It is nothing but the decrease in the overall muscle mass or tissue.
When your muscle tissue is decreased, you can't be strong enough. You may also experience weakness.
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Several health conditions could also cause muscle loss. They are multiple sclerosis, herniated spinal disk, peripheral neuropathy, axillary nerve dysfunction, stroke, polio, AIDS, anorexia, and even type 2 diabetes.
But do you know something? Even something as simple as sedentary lifestyle or lack of activity in your life can also cause it. Now, here are some more facts.
Some surveys state that a majority of people lose their muscle mass due to age or physical inactivity.
If you don't engage yourself in intense physical activities like exercises, sports or physical work, you may lose your muscle mass. As far as muscles are concerned, you must use it or you may lose it.
This fact may shock you. Even if you are inactive or sedentary for a span of 15-20 days, your muscle strength may dip by 30%! And it might take more than a month of intense exercise to regain that lost muscle strength.
As you age, muscle atrophy rate may increase especially if you sit all day doing very little with your body.
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Of course, muscle loss may occur with age even in people who workout regularly. But inactive people may experience more muscle loss compared to active people.
In some people, muscle atrophy may start after 30 and in some, it could start after 40 or 50. You would need a rich diet and good exercise routine to slow down or postpone muscle loss with age.
Weight lifting and other resistance training routines can prevent muscle loss up to a great extent.
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A person who lifts weights thrice a week for more than 3 months can regain at least 30% of the lost muscle mass.
And then your diet needs to have enough of protein as your muscles are made of protein. You also need minerals like potassium (for muscle function) and vitamins like vitamin C (it helps in recovery).