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Sarcopenia and post-polio muscle atrophy

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Frederick Maynard, MD, retired physiatrist Sarcopenia is a descriptive term for reduced muscle mass and is observed in aging people. While there is undoubtedly a “genetic programming” component to age-related sarcopenia, much of it is related to the reduced activity levels that are common among older people for many reasons and that result in disuse atrophy of muscle. There is …