IssueLab: Growing Older, Staying Strong: Preventing Sarcopenia Through Strength Training

Sarcopenia is a significant yet overlooked problem in the older

population. Analogous to the loss of bone mass commonly known

as osteoporosis, sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass, which results in

the loss of strength.


Like osteoporosis, sarcopenia can have devastating

consequences for an older individual, who can experience difficulty

bathing, dressing, or other daily activities. Sarcopenia puts older

persons at risk of sustaining a fall or simply being unable to care

for themselves. Ultimately, this may require nursing home care.



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