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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