Attack the Risk Factors-Muscle

Investigation has identified major risk factors that make individuals vulnerable to chronic muscle injury. 

 Low levels of physical activity: Absence of routine weight training and aerobic excercise accelerates muscle loss and weakness.

 Malnutrition: Insufficient protein intake and vitamin and mineral deficiencies predisposes to premature muscle aging and chronic injury.

 Chronic Inflammation: An unhealthy immune system response to muscle injury results in excessive collateral damage  and chronic muscle dysfunction.

 Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Mitochondria are the power generators of the cell. Inactivity, aging, and oxidative stress result in decreased mitochondrial quality and quantity. Mitochondrial inadequacy triggers muscle deterioration and  injury.

 Decline in Nerve function: Disconnect between nerves and muscles causes decreased strength and incoordination rendering muscle vulnerable  to loss in function and injury.

 Lifestyle Factors: Chronic stress, obesity, and smoking magnify whole body inflammation and oxidative stress at the detriment of muscle well-being.

 Hormonal Changes: Certain lifestyle choices and biologic aging decreases growth hormone, insulin growth like factor, and testosterone production. Insufficient levels of these hormones thwarts the body’s capacity for muscle growth and recovery.

The 10 Pillars of Muscle Health strategies were designed to attack the risk factors associated with muscle disease and to provide a smart and easy approach to promote muscle vitality.

 Lucas J. Bader MD

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