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Healthy Aging

Feeling fit and well will help you get the most out of your everyday life as you age. Tufts experts will give you the knowledge to manage your health and offer tips on to increase your energy and maintain your independence. Stay on top of the latest health research to get the most out of life.

Could Healthy Gut Microbes Help Preserve Muscle as We Age?

Animal research suggests that nourishing our gut microbes with fiber and other prebiotic foods might help prevent loss of muscle mass and strength.

Subscribers Only  August 2019 — As we age, the strength and size of our muscles tend to decrease. This loss of muscle mass and function, called sarcopenia, is associated with decreased independence and reduced quality of life. Staying active (and purposefully incorporating muscle-strengthening exercises) is essential, but emerging data suggest that nourishing our gut microbes could be important as well.

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