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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 undertake daily activities.

The prevailing view has been that muscle loss and other signs associated with ageing are an inevitable process.  However, an accumulation of 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 the left, muscle wasting on the 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

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

Prevention and treatment

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

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