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NEW RESEARCH ON AGING AND WEIGHT GAIN

NEW RESEARCH ON AGING AND WEIGHT GAIN

NEW RESEARCH ON AGING AND WEIGHT GAIN

“Lipid Turnover.” What is it and why does it matter. That is what a group of researchers in Sweden decided to explore recently. Their findings seem to explain why seniors grapple with progressive weight gain as they age.

The scientists studied the fat cells in 54 men and women over an average period of 13 years. In that time, all subjects, regardless of whether they gained or lost weight, showed decreases in lipid turnover in the fat tissue, that is the rate at which lipid (or fat) in the fat cells is removed and stored. Those who didn’t compensate for that by eating fewer calories gained weight by an average of 20 percent, according to the study which was done in collaboration with researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden and University of Lyon in France.

The researchers also found that increased exercise does combat this weight gain to an extent, and weight loss surgery certainly helps in cases of obesity.

There is no doubt that body composition changes will happen during the aging process. Muscle mass will naturally decrease. The quality of eating, sleeping and moving is critical to healthy aging, researchers advise. The encouraging news is that you can build muscle mass throughout the life span. The type of slow resistance weight training that we offer at Strength Science Studios has been proven to build muscle mass over time. Our studio actually caters to people 50 and older, with an emphasis on strength training, balance and progressive energy building.

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