Common Causes of Weight Gain Among Older Adults

Maintaining a healthy weight is tough, no matter how old you are. But as we grow older, several things may cause our weight to increase as well.

As we age, our bodies go through biological changes. These changes contribute to the amount of fat our bodies begin to store. As you get older, your damaged muscle cells take longer to repair themselves, which in turn causes a slower breakdown and use of calories, resulting in excess fat.

Stress is another common cause of weight gain. Studies suggest stress influences the release of certain hormones that have the ability to change your metabolism’s way it breaks down food.

People often reach for something sweet to eat while feeling stress. This is because sugar sends a message to the brain, activating what many consider to be the brain’s reward system. Too much of this will result in weight gain.

Many of us end up on some type of medication or another as we age. One of the common side effects of medication is weight gain: this is common for steroids, antipsychotic drugs, and insulin.

Many medications often cause hunger cravings. Also, medication can change the taste of food, causing people to add extra salt and sugar to their food and drinks, which also promotes weight gain.

When we are young, our muscles are developing, and food aids that process. As we grow older, many of us experience muscle loss, especially after the age of 50. The less muscle tissue we have, the lower our metabolism becomes: as a result, we store deposits of excess calories as fat tissue and gain weight.

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