Homework Spotlight: Sarcopenia

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.

Sarcopenia: 10 Keys to Keep Your Muscle Mass Up as You Age

Sarcopenia New Perspectives of Use of Ketogenic Diet in Endocrine Dysfunctions (PDF)

Solutions for Sarcopenia

Treatment of sarcopenia: the road to the future (PDF)

More to come…..