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Lifestyle and Sarcopenia—Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment

Authors
Journal
Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal
2076-9172
Publisher
Rambam Health Care Campus
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.5041/rmmj.10091
Keywords
  • Special Issue On Aging
  • Translational Gerontology
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

The term sarcopenia describes the loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength, and function in old age. As the world population continues to grow older, more attention is given to the phenomena of sarcopenia and the search for strategies of prevention and treatment. The progression of sarcopenia is affected by age-related physiological and systemic changes in the body, including alterations in skeletal muscle tissue, hormonal changes, increased inflammatory activities, and oxidative stress. Sarcopenia progression is also affected by lifestyle factors which are far more controllable. These factors include various aspects of nutrition, physical activity, exercise, alcohol intake, and tobacco use. Raising the public awareness regarding the impact of these factors, as causes of sarcopenia and potential strategies of prevention and treatment, is of great importance. In this review we aim to describe various lifestyle factors that affect the etiology, prevention, and treatment of sarcopenia.

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