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Sarcopenia "Loosing Muscle Mass a Significant Risk to Longevity"

Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is a condition characterized by the loss of muscle mass and strength as a person ages. It is a common condition in older adults and can lead to a number of health problems including frailty, falls, and decreased mobility. 

Sarcopenia is caused by a combination of factors including age-related changes in muscle physiology and hormonal changes. As we age, the body's ability to repair and grow muscle tissue decreases. This leads to a loss of muscle mass and strength. Hormonal changes, such as a decrease in testosterone and growth hormone, also contribute to the development of sarcopenia. 

The symptoms of sarcopenia can include weakness, fatigue, decreased mobility, and difficulty with activities of daily living such as climbing stairs or carrying groceries. Sarcopenia can also lead to an increased risk of falls and fractures. In severe cases, it can lead to a loss of independence and the need for long-term care. 

The best way to prevent and treat sarcopenia is through regular exercise and a healthy diet. Resistance training, such as weightlifting, is particularly important for maintaining muscle mass and strength. It is also important to get enough protein in the diet, as protein is essential for muscle growth and repair. 

Physical activity that includes strength training, regular moderate to high-intensity cardio and balance exercises are crucial for preventing and treating sarcopenia. In addition, a diet rich in protein, particularly from animal-based sources, is important for muscle growth and repair. It is also recommended to consume a balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. 

It is also important to consult with a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may contribute to muscle loss and weakness. They will also be able to monitor and evaluate your progress and make adjustments to your exercise and nutrition plan as needed. 

In summary, sarcopenia is a common condition in older adults that is characterized by the loss of muscle mass and strength. It can lead to a number of health problems and negatively impact quality of life. The best way to prevent and treat sarcopenia is through regular exercise, strength training, a healthy diet rich in protein and balanced, a healthy lifestyle and consulting with a healthcare professional. 

Author
David Bauder David J. Bauder, PA-C David Bauder, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant and the assistant medical director at Weight Loss and Vitality in Manassas and Alexandria, Virginia, Washington, DC; and Gaithersburg, MD. He enjoys helping patients optimize their physical and mental health to improve their overall well-being. He earned his physician assistant degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Afterward, he gained admission into the reputable graduate program for physician assistant studies at the University of Nebraska Health Science Center in Omaha. David has over 26 years of experience working as a physician assistant. He’s practiced in podiatry, family medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, urgent care, and functional medicine.

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