Anti-aging creams can possibly hide the signs of aging but not provide relief from the ailments like cramps that come with old age. Problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis, etc. are commonplace now and various medications available to help you keep fit. A not so obvious problem which most people face in old age, are increased muscle spasms, basically cramps. Old age itself does not cause the problem, what causes muscle cramps and their increased frequency in old age are discussed below:
Decrease in Mineral Nutrients
Decrease in mineral nutrients of the body with growing age is the biggest reason for muscle cramps. As the body ages, it loses its strength to absorb nutrients and vitamins from the food consumed. For example, although milk is an excellent source of calcium and the vitamin D from sunlight helps our body to absorb it, as we age, this process slows down. Pure forms of calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are required to keep muscle cramps at bay. These are vital for the muscles and helps in their functioning. Loss of these creates a void between the muscles and its surrounding fibers which leads to frequent muscle cramps. A consult with a physician is essential at the onset of such problems and supplements must be taken.
Sudden activity would also result in muscle cramps during or after the exercise. Of course, what causes muscle cramps is not the activity alone but the loss of water and electrolyte(s) that happens while sweating. As is obvious, muscle fatigue tends to increase with old age and any strain on these muscles can send the muscle in a spasm which if prolonged would cause a cramp or even an injury. Bones being weaker than at a younger age also add to the problems of cramping muscles. To avoid heavy physical activity is a wise thing to do in old age, even against the wishes of a strong mind. Being properly hydrated also helps in preventing any such problems.
There are several posture related problems which people suffer from in old age. Muscle cramps can also occur due to a bad sleeping posture. A high neck pillow or a stiff pillow could be good for your neck or back but might be incorrect for your lower back or legs. Nocturnal muscle cramps also increase in old age.
Among what causes muscle cramps are also side effects of medication for certain diseases. If there is a history of muscle cramps, then it is advisable to check the medication inserts before starting to take them.