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Hospitalized? Watch Out for Muscle Loss

We all lose muscle naturally as we age. However, inactivity and hospitalization can increase the rate of muscle loss, especially in older adults.

Maintaining muscle loss while hospitalized
Jan 29 2016

The graphic below shows how dramatic muscle loss in hospitalized elders can become. After three days of hospitalization, elderly inpatients lost approximately the same amount of lean leg muscle mass as healthy older subjects experienced in 10 days of inactivity.  Nutrition, especially protein-rich foods, can help along with other tips. If you or your loved one has become inactive or hospitalized, talk to your physician about a nutrition plan. 

 

Infographic: Use it or Lose It