Sarcopenia is a gradual loss of muscle mass and strength as we age. This can then affect your balance, gait and overall ability to perform tasks of daily living like walking, climbing stairs and lifting objects. Muscle loss is a condition that affects 10% of adults over the age of 50.
As muscle loss progresses older people may begin to reduce their physical activities, leading to further loss of muscle tone and endurance and increasing the risk of fall and fractures.
Studies have shown that we start to lose muscle mass from as early as 40-years-old. We then lose 8% of our muscle mass every decade from the age of 40, with the rate almost doubling to 15% every decade after the age of 70.
Due to the aging population in Singapore, sarcopenia and its impact on quality of life is an increasingly important health issue.