, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp 433-450

Sarcopenia: Its assessment, etiology, pathogenesis, consequences and future perspectives

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Abstract

Sarcopenia is a loss of muscle protein mass and loss of muscle function. It occurs with increasing age, being a major component in the development of frailty. Current knowledge on its assessment, etiology, pathogenesis, consequences and future perspectives are reported in the present review. On-going and future clinical trials on sarcopenia may radically change our preventive and therapeutic approaches of mobility disability in older people.