April 2001 Issue
Muscle Fights Weight Gain
Women shouldn’t blame waning hormones for the weight gain that often occurs with age. It may be due to fewer energy-consuming muscle cells. Because they burn more calories than fat cells, fewer muscle cells means a lower metabolism. While a decline in resting metabolism is a hallmark of aging, the cause has been long debated. A new study confirms that the metabolic slowdown is caused by a loss of cell mass, two-thirds of it attributable to muscle. As reported in the
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