More medical professions focusing on muscle deterioration

Jasmine Phu

September 7, 2010

The New York Times reports that a growing number of doctors and companies are trying to find ways to treat the natural muscle deterioration that is a part of aging through pharmaceutical drugs and nutritional supplements.

Previous studies have found that an 80-year-old can have around 30 percent less muscle mass than someone in their twenties. Doctors have even given the condition a name – sarcopenia.

“In the future, sarcopenia will be known as much as osteoporosis is now,” Dr. Bruno Vellas, president of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, told the newspaper.

Muscle deterioration can be a driving factor that causes senior citizens to lose their independence and mobility. Since older adults have expressed wishes to age in place, many companies have also started trying to develop treatments for the condition.

The news source reports that an additional study has shown that sarcopenia affects approximately 10 percent of people over the age of 60, but many other older adults are unaffected by the condition.

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