Sarcopenia: effects on body composition and function

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2003 Nov;58(11):1012-7. doi: 10.1093/gerona/58.11.m1012.


Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass that happens to everyone with age. However, the rate of sarcopenia and the severity of its sequelae vary greatly according to health status, physical activity, and possibly diet. In this review, I discuss the potential mechanisms of sarcopenia and some ideas about prevention and treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology
  • Body Composition*
  • Humans
  • Muscular Atrophy / etiology
  • Muscular Atrophy / pathology*
  • Muscular Atrophy / physiopathology*