Sarcopenia is the medical term for age-related muscle loss. It happens to different degrees to all of us. The critical aspect is that there are things that we can do to delay that consequence.
Studies have shown that we lose ½ to 1 percent of our lean muscle mass each year, beginning mostly in our 30’s. With every decade that we age, the muscle strength declines 12 to 15 percent. If you don’t eat healthy, you don’t stay active (even regularly doing weight training and cardio), and even those who drop large amounts of weight suffer from more muscle loss. Sometimes people suffer from sarcopenia due to disease or environmental conditions as well as the change in testosterone and estrogen (the hormones that help maintain muscle mass) which decrease with age*. Continue reading