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Muscle weakness is directly linked with bone loss of bone strength and general health – impacting many organs directly

Sarcopaenia describes a clinical condition of reduced muscle mass and strength.  Sarcopaenia is associated with inactivity and ageing.  Sarcopaenia related impaired muscle function gives rise to poor balance, gait and overall ability to undertakeevery day activities.

The prevailing view has been that muscle loss and others signs associated with aging are an inevitable process.  However, accumulation scientific research indicates that the development of sarcopaenia can altered and muscle strength improved.

 

Loss of muscle mass, strength and function


Normal muscle mass on left, muscle wasting on right.  (Courtesy of IOF)

Relative inactive is a common cause of sarcopenia but we are now discovering there are complex and multifaceted processes involved, including:

  • Hormone changes
  • Diet
  • Neuromuscular function
  • Reduced activities

Life time changes in muscle mass and strength – environmental changes can lower the disability threshold.  (Courtesy of IOF)

Prevention and treatment

At London Osteoporosis Clinic we look to understand the interplay of factors leads to development of sarcopaenia and osteoporosis and make use of latest research to reverse sarcopaenia and offer treatments to reverse osteoporosis.

By treating both sarcopaenia and osteoporosis we aim to reduce the risk of falls and fractures and improve general health.