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What Is Sarcopenia, and Can We Turn Back the Clock?

by: Len Kravitz, PhD and Ethan J. Harris

Research

How to confront three forces that weaken muscle cells in the elderly.

What makes us weaken with age? The prime culprit is sarcopenia—age-related loss of muscle mass, strength, power and function (Sayer et al. 2013; Morley 2012). Morley (2012) says 5%–13% of 60- to 70-year-olds and 11%–50% of people in their 80s have sarcopenia, which means “poverty of flesh.”

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IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 11, Issue 2

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About the Authors

Len Kravitz, PhD

Len Kravitz, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he recently won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Len w...

Ethan J. Harris IDEA Author/Presenter