Muscle loss in ageing can be reversed

Sarcopenia - a decline in skeletal muscle with age - begins as early as age 40 and, without intervention, gets increasingly worse, with as much as half of muscle mass lost by age 70.
Sarcopenia - a decline in skeletal muscle with age - begins as early as age 40 and, without intervention, gets increasingly worse, with as much as half of muscle mass lost by age 70.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Start a strength-training programme using free weights, resistance bands or machines

"Use it or lose it." I'm sure you're familiar with this advice. And I hope you've been following it.

I certainly thought I was. I usually do two physical activities a day, alternating between walking, cycling and swimming.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2018, with the headline 'Muscle loss in ageing can be reversed'. Print Edition | Subscribe