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Muscle Loss Linked to Falls, Fractures in Elderly

(University of Southampton) Older people with an age-related loss of muscle mass and strength may be at greater risk of falling and bone fractures, according to new research led by the University of Southampton.
A study by an international team of researchers into sarcopenia -where muscles lose form and function with age -- found that those with the condition reported higher numbers of falls in the last year and a higher prevalence of fractures.
The decline in muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80 has been estimated to range from 30 to 60 per cent and is associated with disability, sickness and death…
"The IWGS definition of sarcopenia appears to be an effective means of identifying individuals at risk of adverse musculoskeletal events, such as falls and fracture," says Dr [Michael] Clynes. "The findings enable us to more effectively predict those at increased risk of falls and fractures. By defining sarcopenia, health care professionals can target treatment to at-risk individuals."
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