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Why Metabolism Slows With Age

Why Metabolism Slows With Age

Why does our metabolism slow down with age? As we age, our metabolism slows down for several reasons, including:

Decreased muscle mass:

As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, and muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does. So, as we lose muscle, our metabolism slows down.

Hormonal changes:

Hormonal changes that occur with aging, such as a decrease in growth hormone and testosterone, can also lead to a slower metabolism.

Decreased physical activity:

As we age, we tend to be less active, which can contribute to a slower metabolism.


Our metabolism is also influenced by our genes, and some people may have a slower metabolism naturally.

It's important to note that while our metabolism naturally slows down with age, this doesn't mean that we can't take steps to maintain a healthy weight and metabolism. Eating a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity (particularly, weight resistance training to grow new muscle and combat the effects of aging on body composition), and staying hydrated can all help support a healthy metabolism.


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