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How to maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system in old age?

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Geriatrics 25 years experience
Exercise: Isometric weight training, tai chi, aerobic training, pilates, yoga, 30 minutes walk, swimming and others will do well for successful aging. There are some hospitals that have exercise program for the elderly. Some health insurance may cover for this program.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Exercise: A combination of weight training , aerobics and stretching are essential for good health as we age. In addition, taking vit d supplements has been found to be useful to prevent frailty in the elderly. Being sedentary results in obesity, muscle atrophy and all the other illnesses associated - diabetes, gait impairment/falls, heart dz, etc get moving ! check with your doctor to start safely.
Dr. Jason Marchetti
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Sarcopenia -loss of muscle with age- can be improved, in addition to exercise as stated, by restoring youthful hormone levels (ie testosterone & estrogen). This can be achieved with bioidentical HRT or supplements that indirectly boost levels (such as DHEA). Whey protein included with an otherwise healthy diet, sleep, stress management have also been shown to help.
Dec 17, 2013

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