You’ve no doubt heard of Osteoporosis (bone loss) but have you heard of Sarcopenia, a decline of skeletal muscle with age? It begins as early as age 40 and gets progressively worse. The doctor quoted in this article says that up to 13% of us have it in our 60s and up to half have it in their 80s.
Prevention and treatment are simple – weight bearing exercise.
But — and this is a critically important “but” — no matter how old or out of shape you are, you can restore much of the strength you already lost. Dr. Moffat noted that research documenting the ability to reverse the losses of sarcopenia — even among nursing home residents in their 90s — has been in the medical literature for 30 years, and the time is long overdue to act on it.
Preventing Muscle Loss as We Age – The New York Times