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Muscle Mass and Longevity

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2010 at 12:12 AM

I have heard it from a couple people in the paleo community that longevity is tied to muscle mass. Can anyone expand on this? If this is the case I might try to bulk up.

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Thanks Albert, Art's essay was my introduction in the evolutionary health paradigm, so he probably is the one who coined the phrase. Thanks for reminding me.

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Really interesting article here (full text available for free)

We conclude that healthy older adults show evidence of mitochondrial impairment and muscle weakness, but that this can be partially reversed at the phenotypic level, and substantially reversed at the transcriptome level, following six months of resistance exercise training.

Maybe not only about muscle mass and aging, but about strength training and aging.

If I'm not mistaken, I think Dr. McGuff also refers to this article in his book 'Body by Science'.

I keep on using this while talking with people about aging and muscle mass:

If you age, you don't lose muscle mass, it is the opposite: if you lose muscle mass, you age.

This must be a quote from somebody, but I don't remember (If somebody does, please let me know)

[edit] seems like the above quote is from Art De Vany. I should have known...

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on May 25, 2010
at 02:43 PM

If you age, you don't lose muscle mass, it is the opposite: if you lose muscle mass, you age.

This must be a quote from somebody, but I don't remember (If somebody does, please let me know)

I think Arthur Devany is the one who invented the phrase

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on May 25, 2010
at 03:46 PM

Thanks Albert, Art's essay was my introduction in the evolutionary health paradigm, so he probably is the one who coined the phrase. Thanks for reminding me.

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on May 24, 2010
at 02:08 AM

Great links, jm054. It is simple to think of your muscle mass, your bone structure and your fat tissue as reserves (as well as their other roles). At some point, your body dips into these reserves to support life, to survive famine, to protect other key structures or processes.

Certainly entering later life with robust bone and muscle will help a person to avoid injury, and to have a reserve to draw upon if the need arises. Some heavy lifting and proper paleo livin' is a worthwhile past time to build muscle and bone. I worry for my cardio-obsessed rail-thin contemporaries as we all march on in years.

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