- hormone levels change
- protein requirements alter
- motor neurons die
- and we tend to become more sedentary
More importantly, when sarcopenia is coupled with other diseases associated with aging, its effects can be even more pronounced. Loss of muscle mass and strength is a significant risk factor for disability in the aging population. When patients suffer from both sarcopenia and osteoporosis, the risk of falling and subsequent fracture incidence is higher. Therefore, treating sarcopenia will in turn help to lessen its burden on co-existing diseases.