How common is sarcopenia?
In South Africa, about 12.5% of people older than 65 years suffer from sarcopenia.
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The prevalence of sarcopenia varies depending on the diagnostic criteria used. It is estimated that 29% of the elderly population suffers from sarcopenia. The prevalence of sarcopenia increases with age. In a recent study involving 1483 South Africans of 65 years or older, about 1 in 8 people were diagnosed with sarcopenia.