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AD: WHY DOES MUSCLE MATTER? LONGEVITY.
By Easton Bryant, PharmD
Skeletal muscle is our largest organ, yet it's also the most neglected.
And longevity? It doesn't only mean living longer, but also living better. We're not talking about adding years to your life, rather life to your years - to "die young" as late as possible!
When the topic of exercise comes up with my patients, it's way too often that I hear about their walking routine...only. Brisk walking is an awesome way to stay active, but when it serves as their one and only method of exercise, there's a major problem.
Our society's problem isn't so much about being over-fat as it is under-muscled. And weight isn't relevant here - at 65, you can weigh the same as you did at 25 while having twice the fat and half the muscle. It's a major reason people end up in a nursing home. They may not be sick, but they can't get up out of a chair, and they have a fall leading to a broken hip.
Muscle is not only used for locomotion. There's much more to it than you might imagine. It's a reservoir for glucose and it burns calories throughout the day. As muscles dwindle, key wellness factors like insulin, testosterone, cortisol, growth hormone, and blood sugar (just to name a few!) are affected as well. This means risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and dementia are also in the picture.
So as you think ahead to what changes you might make to better your physical self next month, think beyond walking and jogging. And don't set a weight goal this time. Set waist circumference and water intake goals - those are much more impactful than looking for a number on the scale!
Add some resistance training and set yourself up to live your best possible life for the years ahead. And I promise you don't need a gym membership to execute.
Questions or comments on this? I'd love to hear them. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of you have been wondering, "Why is my pharmacist talking about this?"
Here's the deal: We sell a lot of supplements. The good kind. The bioactive, highly-absorbable, ready-to-use stuff. We even have a short questionnaire on our site to help guide our pharmacists' recommendations for you.
The problem is there's too much belief out there that taking a few daily supplements can instantly morph someone into a walking picture of health. And I love seeing people invest in a proactive and healthy lifestyle - don't get me wrong - but carefully chosen supplements are only one component of the broad picture. If you're mindlessly, routinely consuming only processed food, not hydrating properly, and leading a sedentary lifestyle, those supplements are only going to do so much...and it's not a lot. So, if you invest in supplements, I want you to be happy with the results you're destined to start seeing once you piece the whole picture together correctly.
North Century Pharmacy
3058 Campbellsville Rd., Columbia, KY 42728 - (270) 380-1230
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