Kristen Beavers, a visiting professor in health and exercise science, was recently featured in the Winston-Salem Journal after her manuscript was published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The study found an increase in fat throughout the thigh is likely to contribute to mobility loss in otherwise healthy older adults.
“As people age, they are more likely to gain fat in and around their muscles,” Beavers said. “We speculated that gaining fat in the leg muscle itself would be related to a slowed walking speed.”
In older adults, a significant decrease in walking speed can be a predictor of disability, which can lead to a loss of independence and the ability to live in their home.