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The Wellness Report - Your DNA guide to staying healthy as you age

Posted by Athletigen on Tue, Oct 29, 2019

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Athletigen's Wellness Report has been designed to help you find the underlying cause of your health risks so that you can make small lifestyle changes to help improve your overall health and wellbeing.

One of the most significant physical changes that occurs as we age is the loss of muscle mass. Gradual muscle loss can begin in your 30s and, left unchecked, can accelerate as you age. A physically inactive person can expect to lose between three percent and five percent of their muscle mass in their 30s. This can increase to over 10 percent per decade after 40 and even higher after 60.

This muscle mass loss can be disguised by a gradual increase in fatty tissues meaning the impact can go unnoticed until muscle function and strength has dramatically decreased.

Muscle and strength loss can have a range of negative impacts on aging people. These can range from an annoying inability to perform tasks that were once easy to decreased balance and an increased risk of serious injuries due to falls.

Your risk of age-related strength loss is affected by your DNA.

 The CNTF gene has an effect on muscle and nerve function and may indirectly influence age-related strength loss as a result. Your nerves are the main line of communication between your brain and your muscles. As you age, you naturally lose nerve cells. Loss of nerve cells that activate muscle function can lower muscle response, resulting in loss of muscle mass.

Athletigen's Wellness Report tells you which variant of the CNTF gene you have and gives you expert recommendations on what you can do to prevent and reverse the effects of muscle loss.

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