Re: BIO: Clarence Bass and Sarcopenia

From: Randy Smith (
Date: Sat Feb 10 2001 - 06:33:47 MST

>From: Chris Rasch <>
>To: Extropians <>
>Subject: BIO: Clarence Bass and Sarcopenia
>Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 02:45:53 -0700
>Sarcopenia, or muscle loss, is one of the hallmarks of aging. By the
>time you reach your seventies, you will likely have lost 20% of the
>skeletal muscle mass you had in your 20's. The loss of muscle mass
>reduces your resting metabolic rate, which makes it increasingly
>difficult to burn fat.
>Result: middle age spread.
>In addition, the enervation of remaining muscles also declines with age,
>leading to reduced coordination. Decreased strength and coordination in
>turn lead to increased risk of falls, and reduced ability to perform
>even simple tasks of daily living (such as getting out of a chair, or
>carrying groceries).

Thanks for the grim reminder, Chris.
Now go fix me up a pill to help me keep my muscles so I don't have to
exercise. I hate exercise (flames from Extro-Puritans sent to dev/null,

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