Menopause Info part 6:

A 10-part series exploring the causes, symptoms, and treatments for Menopause.  Keep an eye out for the next information post…

Exploring Symptoms: Muscle mass loss (Sarcopenia)

 

Sarcopenia = reduced muscle fibre/cell numbers and atrophy (wasting/degeneration) of remaining numbers.

 

 

Causes of sarcopenia:

  • Aging and inactivity
  • Sub optimal nutrition
  • Inflammation
  • Endocrine/hormone issues (IGF-1 Insulin growth factor, thyroid, insulin resistance)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Cytokines – inflammation function
  • Oxidative stress (imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body)
  • Hypoxaemia – Low concentration of oxygen in the blood (for example anaemia)

Peak muscle mass values

Peak age 25-35

Maintained between ages 40-49

Declines 4/5th decades.

Loss 12-14% each decade after age of 50

 

Muscles are a menopausal women’s best friend!

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