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Soz Praventivmed. 1989;34(2):67-70.

[Energy metabolism in the elderly].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Zentrum für Lehre und Farschung, Kantonsspital Basel.


The energy metabolism in elderly subjects is discussed on the basis of previous analyses of the influence of age on the three components of energy expenditure in man: basal metabolic rate, thermogenesis and physical activity. All three components are diminished in elderly people. We conclude that the modifications of body composition, in particular the age-related loss of lean body mass, result in decreased basal metabolic rate and probably also a blunted diet-induced thermogenesis. Moreover we emphasize that the decrease in physical activity observed in elderly people is the most likely causal factor.

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