Question of the Week

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Articles, Question of the Week

Thank you Anonymous for your great question and such an important one to discuss,

The question was can an older woman still build the same amount of muscle mass (like in youth) after menopause without supplements or hormones?

Unfortunately, it is much more difficult to build lean mass after menopause, especially without supplementing.  This is why it is so important for our youth to be extremely active and why I worry so much for the future of youth.  However, the good news is gaining muscle mass can still be done; it just takes much more patience and more realistic goals.

The main thing to keep in mind for women after menopause (and even before menopause after your late 20’s) is that you will not build the muscle mass at the same rate or maybe not even to the same extent.  Our bodies go through so many stages throughout life and this is primarily hormone driven.  Hormones are the captain of our ship so to speak…  The amounts, types, and concentrations of hormones in our bodies are what make our bodies what they are throughout the many phases of our life.  Consequently, when these hormones change, so does our body.  The good news is, the hormonal environment after menopause is conducive to building muscle tissue, although it is not as good as it once was.  More importantly, by doing strength training activities and other resistance training you create a better hormonal environment to maintain lean tissue and progress.

I hope this helps to answer your question!

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