Fort Wayne Chiropractic Care for Age-Related Sarcopenia 07/09/2013 What do master athletes and couch potatoes have in common? Age-related sarcopenia! Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and function. (1,2) Osteoporosis and its affiliated falls and fractures are connected with sarcopenia. A grip strength test reveals just how much as women with lower grip strength have 11.7 times higher odds of having osteoporosis. (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc tests this and much more in our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients to keep a look out for signs of sarcopenia and osteoporosis and help our patients ward it off and/or deal with it as best as possible. DEFINITION Sarcopenia is age- and activity-related. Physically inactive people in Fort Wayne and elsewhere can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass per decade of life after age 30. Physically active people experience some muscle loss due to aging, but not usually as much. After age 75, sarcopenia really accelerates for most people though some experience it at 65 or 80. Whenever it occurs, the likelihood of falls and fractures increases as does the occurrence of frailty. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc encourages you to understand sarcopenia and know that there are ways to minimize its effects, particularly the falls which are life-altering and sometimes even life-threatening for older folks. CAUSE Inactivity plays a big role, so Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc continues to encourage all of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients to get out and do! However, even physically active people experience sarcopenia due to one or more of these factors (2): Reduction in hormones Age-related reduction in nerves cells moving signals from the brain to the muscles to start movement Decrease in ability to synthesize protein Not enough caloric intake or protein to sustain muscle mass RISK In this study comparing women with sarcopenia to women without, women with sarcopenia are at higher risk (3): 12.9 times higher odds of having osteoporosis, 2.7 times higher odds of having fractures, and 2.1 times higher risk of falls during the preceding 12 months. TREATMENT Exercise is huge! It’s an integral part of the Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan along with chiropractic spinal manipulation with our Cox Technic for all our patients. It’s the primary treatment for sarcopenia and its prevention. Resistance training and strength training with weights or resistance bands build muscle. Such exercise positively influences protein synthesis and hormone concentrations and the neuromuscular system. You may even see changes in as little as 2 weeks! (2,3) So talk with us about your exercise plan as the type, repetition, and frequency are all important factors for it to be effective. So contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today to talk about your risk of sarcopenia as well as management of it with our Fort Wayne chiropractic care.« View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."