oa Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa - Sarcopaenia : where do we stand after two decades of research? : review

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9677
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1009



Age-related loss of muscle mass has received increased attention over the past two decades from both clinician and basic science researchers. Evans and Campbell labeled the age-related loss of muscle mass as sarcopaenia (Greek =flesh and =loss). The estimated relative annual rate of loss of muscle mass is 1% in men and 0.84% in women. The average age of onset of decline in muscle mass is approximately 40 years and progress in a linear fashion to reach approximately 50% by the 8th decade.

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