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Five Ways to Prevent and Treat Muscle Loss as You Age

As we age, our bodies undergo significant changes. Hormone production decreases, energy and focus begin to fade, and problems like weight gain and trouble sleeping become commonplace. With these changes comes an higher risk for acute and chronic illnesses, some of which can be life-altering.

Sarcopenia - a loss of muscle mass and function - isn’t often talked about, but it’s a common and important change that comes with age. Because it’s closely connected to hormonal changes, it’s often seen in postmenopausal women. Beginning around age 40, the average adult loses 3-8% of muscle mass per decade, with up to 50% of muscle mass disappearing by age 80!