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QOD 82: Exercise and Aging (Musculoskeletal/Health Promotion and Maintenance

Question:

A 67-year-old patient complains to the nurse that while he used to run long distances and participate in marathons, he no longer has the stamina to run very far. Select all of the following that are associated with changes in exercise tolerance as a result of aging.

Answer:

B.  Decreased lean muscle mass

D.  Decreased testosterone secretion

E.  Increased bone loss

Rationale: 

As a person ages, his stamina and ability to exercise is decreased. While he may have once been able to exercise for long periods, aging results in decreased muscle mass, decreased hormone secretion, and increased bone loss that can negatively impact a person’s ability to exercise.

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