'Use it or Lose it!' - A look at Sarcopenia

sarcopenia Dec 20, 2021

It’s a saying that has become cliché, but it is one that provides a useful mantra for those of us getting older. Many good things accompany the ageing process - wisdom resulting from decades of life experience, less back, neck and face pain, less sweat and even increased sexual satisfaction! (1, 3, 4) But there are certainly undesirable changes too. As physiotherapists, one of the most pertinent of these changes is the loss of muscle mass that often comes with ageing. In particular, this article will take a look at the severe loss of muscle mass termed Sarcopenia.

Muscle Mass and Ageing

As we get older, our bodies become anabolically resistant. Anabolism is the process of building up tissues such as muscle, so increased resistance to this process, resulting from hormonal changes during ageing makes it much harder to retain or build muscle tissue. Anabolic resistance is hardest hitting for those who are largely sedentary. This is because physical activity, in particular,...

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