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How would I know if I have sarcopenia?

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Muscle weakness that interferes with physical activity is a symptom of sarcopenia. However, a medical practitioner has to confirm the diagnosis based on clinical measures of muscle mass and function.

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Muscle weakness that interferes with physical activity is a symptom of sarcopenia. However, a medical practitioner has to confirm the diagnosis based on clinical measures of muscle mass and function. Muscle mass can be measured by body composition assessment techniques such as DXA (dual X-ray absorptiometry), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT (computed tomography) scans or bioelectrical impedance. Physical performance measures include knee extensions, walking speed, hand grip tests and time taken to stand up from a seated position.

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