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  • Dan Shipman

Sacropenia - Muscle Loss

Sarcopenia, derived from the Greek words "sarx" meaning flesh and "penia" meaning loss, is a condition that refers to the loss of muscle mass, strength, and functionality as we age. Beginning as early as our 30s, our muscles gradually diminish in size and power, making daily activities progressively more challenging and increasing the risk of falls and fractures in the elderly.

Fortunately, there's a potent weapon against sarcopenia: exercise. Strength training, in particular, has proven to be especially effective in combating muscle loss. By engaging in resistance exercises like weightlifting or using resistance bands, individuals can stimulate muscle protein synthesis, leading to increased muscle mass and strength.

Moreover, aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, or cycling can complement strength training by enhancing cardiovascular health and improving muscle endurance. The combined benefits of strength and aerobic exercises not only counteract sarcopenia but also contribute to better overall health and quality of life.

While aging is inevitable, the debilitating effects of sarcopenia aren't. Through consistent exercise we can maintain muscle health, strength, and functionality into our golden years.

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