Is there a link between muscle mass and cardiovascular risk?
A new study has found a link between lower muscle mass and a higher risk of cardiovascular events — at least in males aged 45 and over. This association, the research indicates, is valid even for males with no history of heart disease.
Some loss of skeletal muscle mass occurs naturally as people age. This process especially affects males.
In fact, research shows that after the age of 30, muscle mass tends to decrease by 3–5% per decade in males.
People can prevent and minimize this loss by staying active. If they do not, it may contribute to poor health and well-being.
Some past studies have suggested that people with cardiovascular disease who experience higher loss of muscle mass also have a higher risk of premature death.
However, to date, little to no research has looked into the possible associations between muscle mass and cardiovascular risk in people without preexisting heart or circulatory problems.
Its findings suggest that, in males at least, maintaining muscle mass may help keep cardiovascular problems at bay.