There are four generally accepted reasons for strength and muscle loss.
- Inactivity. Muscles must be used to maintain their strength and mass.
- Aging. At first, up to about age 50 you will lose only about 4% of your strength and muscle mass per decade. But after that the loss increases to about 10% per decade. This can be countered by exercise and proper diet.
- Those on weight loss programs that do not provide proper nutrition.
- Low levels of magnesium in the diet, which is true for and amazing 80% of Americans.
- It keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and keeps bone strong.
- It helps regulate blood sugar levels. Diabetics are almost universally low in this mineral.
- It helps promote normal blood pressure.
- It aids protein synthesis and is intimately involved in energy metabolism.
- Adequate levels are essential for optimum athletic perforance because it helps maintain muscle mass, prevent cramps and relieve stiff or tight muscles.
The researchers found a strong relationship between magnesium levels and muscle function that remained even after they adjusted for factors that could affect both muscle strength and magnesium metabolism. Individuals with higher magnesium levels had a stronger hand grip, more power in their lower leg muscles and were able to extend their knees and ankles with more force.
Even people in wealthy Western nations may not get enough magnesium. Eighty percent of US adults get less than the recommended daily allowance of this mineral. Older people, individuals on poorly designed weight loss programs and those with chronic disease are at particularly high risk of magnesium deficiency.
"The importance of elucidating the role of low magnesium status on the development of loss of muscle mass cannot be overlooked, because the aging population at risk of related disability continues to grow and contribute to extensive health care costs."
Some early signs are fatigue and general weakness. If you suffer from lower back pain, stiff, weak or tight muscles, the culprit may be low levels of magnesium.
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