Fat Thighs Will Slow Your Walking as You Age and That Can Kill You
Posted Jul 12 2013 9:00am
Wrong on a lot of levels!
Older adults who gained the most fat in their thighs and lost the
most thigh muscle were at the greatest risk for a clinically meaningful
decline in walking speed in a Wake Forest study of more than 2,000
adults between the ages of 70 and 79.
Walking speed was assessed by measuring the usual time it took
participants to complete a 20-minute walk. Subjects were then tested
annually over a four-year period, said Kristen Beavers, Ph.D., an
assistant visiting professor at Wake Forest University.
Beavers and colleagues at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North
Carolina investigated data from the National Institute on Aging's
Health, Aging, and Body Composition study.
In older adults, every 0.1-m/s slower gait speed is associated with a 12% higher mortality, the authors wrote.
Further research may include looking at ways to boost muscle and reduce fat in the thighs of seniors.
“Future studies building on these findings should test whether
targeted reductions in thigh intermuscular fat, augmentation of thigh
muscle area, or both yield improvements in walking speed and prolonged
independence for older adults,” Beavers said. Hit the gym folks.