The decision makers in the field of health politics are still not taking this widespread disease seriously enough despite its enormous impact on our society.
Sarcopenia is a disease associated with the aging process. Loss of muscle mass and strength, which in turn affects balance, gait and overall ability to perform tasks of daily living, are hallmark signs of this disease.
Scientists have long believed muscle loss and others signs associated with aging are an inevitable process. However, researchers are looking for ways in which we can slow the aging process, specifically in relation to loss of muscle mass and strength.
Our Bone Health Advocates
Twenty-five years ago, the world's leading experts in cardiovascular diseases warned of an impending epidemic of heart disease in developing countries. This warning was largely ignored and we are now seeing a dramatic increase in prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in the developing world. We must not allow the same thing to happen for osteoporosis. We must act now.
Around the world, osteoporosis affects one in three women (over the age of 50). As a traditional Javanese dancer, I realize how important it is to have strong bones. It is also important to do physical exercise regularly. Eat food rich in calcium and other bone nutrients early on to build strong bones.