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What is sarcopenia?

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Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and strength that coincides with aging. Humans older than 50 lose about 1% of their muscle mass per year. Sarcopenia can reduce the quality of life in older people.

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Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and strength as we age. In general, we naturally lose about 1% of our muscle mass per year after the age of 50. These small losses usually go unnoticed, but over time they can accumulate. This may cause your body to lose its strength, which could affect your balance and ability to walk and do daily tasks. Ultimately sarcopenia may reduce your quality of life.

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