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Arch Hellen Med, 34(1), January-February 2017, 42-48


Literature update

M. Tsekoura,1 J. Gliatis,2 E. Billis1
1Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health and Welfare, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, Egio
2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University Hospital of Patras, Patras, Greece

Sarcopenia is a major health condition associated with aging, defined as loss of muscle mass and function. Its etiology is still poorly understood. Effective treatment options in the management of men and women with sarcopenia are focused on increasing activity (exercise) and providing adequate nutrition, but all options are under investigation. This is a review of current knowledge on the definition, etiology and consequences of sarcopenia, and effective intervention to help people with this condition.

Key words: Aging, Diagnostic criteria, Exercise, Intervention, Sarcopenia.

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