If you are a woman over 60 and don’t have a good appetite, your muscles will most probably loose their strength because of the poor gut health. At least, according to a recent small study.
The study investigated the relation between appetite and gut bacteria, and how this may be related to muscle strength. The focus group were healthy older adults (95% women) of 68 years old (on average). The researchers found out that people with poor appetite had less variety of gut bacteria. On the contrary, those with good appetites had more and diverse microbes linked to diets, rich in vegetables and fibre.
The researchers also discovered that lower appetite was connected to reduced muscle strength and function. They assume that gut bacteria might be a potential link between the two and explain that a poor appetite can lead to poor nutrition, which sequentially can cause the loss of muscle strength independent of overall weight loss.
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