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The Nation; Pulling back a curtain on age and weakness; Patients should know loss of muscle mass can be slowed, doctors say.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Lade, Diane
Date: Jul 6, 2007
Start Page: A.16
Section: Main News; Part A; National Desk
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"I think the problem is that people just accept muscle loss as part of old age," said Christy Carter, an assistant professor at the University of Florida Department of Aging and Geriatrics, who is doing research on sarcopenia in rats. "But it is a huge and growing health concern."

"There is no sarcopenia association. We don't have pills for it and we don't pay doctors to treat it," said [Bernard A. Roos], who has done numerous studies on sarcopenia.

Roos thinks that is changing. "When I started looking at osteoporosis in 1972, people told me there never would be a cure. Now we have 20 drugs that treat it," he said. "Before I retire, we will have sarcopenia treatments."

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