Muscle Loss as People Get Older

What is the difference between sarcopenia and age-related muscle loss?

Mark Peterson, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., associate professor at the University of Michigan, defines sarcopenia as a reduction in not only muscle mass

but also strength and function to the point that it is harmful to one's health. Sarcopenia can be so dangerous that it can increase your chance of falling 

and fractures, as well as cause functional decline, frailty, and death. "While none of us will get sarcopenia, we will all see a decline in muscle mass and strength as we become older

Nutrition and exercise are important components in preventing sarcopenia and age-related muscle loss. 

 "Movement is only half of the picture; appropriate nutrition is the other," Peterson explains.

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