Preventing muscle loss as we age
Sarcopenia, a decline in skeletal muscle in older people, contributes to loss of independence.
“Sarcopenia can be considered for muscle what osteoporosis is to bone,” Dr. John E. Morley, geriatrician at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, wrote in the journal Family Practice.
As Dr. Jeremy D. Walston, geriatrician at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, put it, “Sarcopenia is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults" as you can read here.
But — and this is a critically important “but” — no matter how old or out of shape you are, you can restore much of the strength you already lost.
So, what are you waiting for? If you’re currently sedentary or have a serious chronic illness, check first with your doctor. But as soon as you get the go-ahead, start a strength-training program using free weights, resistance bands or machines.