Sarcopenia is the gradual loss of muscle mass, strength and function due to ageing. This can happen as early as 30 years of age. However, some of us lose it more quickly and this can be diagnosed as sarcopenia.

Who does it affect?

Primarily a disease of the elderly, however it can be associated with certain conditions.

Risk Factors?

● Inactivity

● Increased body weight

● Increased age

● Stress


How can you help fight against Sarcopenia?


Resistance training. Most people associate resistance training with big men in the gym. However this is not true. Resistance training can come in many forms and different variations. Muscle strength is built through resistance training.

Fitness training. Exercise that raises your heart rate can also control sarcopenia.

Diet. Keeping a balanced and healthy diet with all the right vitamins, protein and minerals is very important.



If you feel sarcopenia is affecting your life and you want advice on how to implement these factors to help fight against it, contact us here at East Cork Physio Clinic on 021 4633455 and speak to one of our Chartered Physiotherapists who specialise in this area.

We hope you enjoyed this blog by Kate O’Connor, Chartered Physiotherapist

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