Loss of muscle

What is loss of muscle?

Muscle loss, also known as muscle atrophy, occurs when muscle fibers break down and the muscle decreases in size and strength. This can happen for several reasons:




Prevention and Treatment

While some muscle loss is inevitable with aging, many lifestyle changes can slow down the process:

With diligent self-care, adults can maintain strength and muscle mass well into old age. If concerned about unexplained muscle loss, consult a doctor to identify any underlying conditions contributing to atrophy. Treating causes like illness and optimizing nutrition, activity levels, hormones, and training allows for gaining back muscle mass at any age.

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