sar·​co·​pe·​nia | \ ˌsär-kō-ˈpē-nē-ə How to pronounce sarcopenia (audio) \

Definition of sarcopenia

: reduction in skeletal muscle mass due to aging

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With advanced age comes the potential for a loss in strength — dynapenia — and muscle mass — sarcopenia — with extreme cases yielding a significant increase in fat mass — known as sarcopenic obesity — the result of insulin resistance. Mackie Shilstone,, "Vitamin D reduces risk to fat gain in old age," 19 June 2019 Power up your brain and brawn with the following age-defying workouts: Multi-joint movements Age and a sedentary lifestyle can cause lean muscle mass to atrophy due to a condition called sarcopenia., "3 exercises to fight signs of aging," 3 Apr. 2018 Our muscle mass naturally begins to decline around age 30, and that process, called sarcopenia, accelerates around age 40. Taysha Murtaugh, Woman's Day, "The Real Reason You're Gaining Weight As You Get Older," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of sarcopenia

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sarcopenia

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sar·​co·​pe·​nia | \ ˌsär-kō-ˈpē-nē-ə How to pronounce sarcopenia (audio) \

Medical Definition of sarcopenia

: reduction in skeletal muscle mass due to aging Age-related sarcopenia is a key component of frailty.— Alessandro Laviano, The New England Journal of Medicine, 7 Aug. 2014

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