While most people fear losing their cognitive ability as they age, another real danger, according to experts, is losing muscle. Sarcopenia, or muscle loss associated with aging, can rob you of your strength and mobility and can eventually lead to the likelihood of falls and fractures, according to Web MD.

Muscle loss is a part of the aging process many doctors do not discuss during your annual physical, but everyone’s body gradually becomes less efficient at replenishing muscle tissue. If you’re weakened by diminished muscle mass, you may find it harder to get out of a chair, walk the dog, or carry in groceries. You may feel more fatigued, says renowned neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, a veteran of 72 triathlons and eight Ironman triathlons.

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