As we age, we lose muscle. A word exists that describes this sobering facet of life: sarcopenia. The International Osteoarthritis Foundation description of sarcopenia reads:
“Sarcopenia is, in its most literal sense, the loss of muscle mass, strength and function related to aging. We are now discovering this loss is a complex and multifaceted process. Most commonly seen in inactive people, sarcopenia also affects those who remain physically active throughout their lives . This indicates that although a sedentary lifestyle contributes to this disease, it’s not the only factor.”
Sarcopenia is related to:
- A decrease in signals from nerves in the brain to the muscles
- A decrease in the body’s ability to metabolize protein
- Lower consumption of protein that supports muscles mass
- A natural decreases in hormones (growth hormone, testosterone, and insulin-like growth factor)
- Acceleration of muscle loss due to inactivity
Reading and learning about sarcopenia is a source of motivation for me. I believe developing a plan and dedication to that plan will influence how I age and the influences of sarcopenia.
More to come…..