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Study Shows Why We Gain Weight As We Get Older

It’s no secret that the more we age, the harder it gets to stay in shape. This is due to more than our work-life balance or lack of trying. In fact, recent research shows that a big factor contributing to our weight gain progression with age is the rate of “lipid turnover”. 1

According to new findings from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, “lipid turnover”, or the removal of fat from the tissues in our body, slows with age. In other words, the older we get, the harder it is for our bodies to metabolize fat regardless of whether or not we work out more than before or eat less.

The study, which looked at a pool of both men and women, analyzed the lipid cells of participants for an average of 13 years for each individual’s fat.

Ultimately, these findings indicate that our fat cells metabolize slower as we age regardless of a healthy lifestyle. Prior studies have found that exercise is one way to speed up the metabolic rate of fat cells.

What’s significant here is that the study shows that metabolic rates of our fat tissues are independent of outside factors. According to these findings, even if you increase the amount you work out as you get older, the metabolic rate of fat cells will still slow.

In turn, researchers at the Karolinska institute hope to use these findings to help combat obesity, an evident and growing issue globally.

Age-related weight gain progression in addition to joint and bone degeneration happens to all of us at some point. As a result, it’s important to live a healthy and holistic lifestyle and supplement when you feel it’s necessary.

See how age affects your bones, joints, skin, and more below…

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Ian Roden

Ian Roden

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A Fordham University graduate, Ian majored in communications and media studies with a focus in journalism and a minor in anthropology during his time at college. Here, he wrote for the university newspaper ranked top ten in the nation.

A competitive athlete for most of his life, Ian has spent almost a decade working as an ocean rescue lifeguard in New Jersey. Within that role, he has competed in endurance sports competitions against other lifeguards for the last 8 years.

As a lifelong surfer, Ian spends most of his spare time in the ocean regardless of the time of year. He also enjoys distance running, photography, and frequently spending entirely too much money on concert tickets.


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