It’s a loss everyone will start to experience after that milestone 30th birthday but few people wake up to the reality of its effects until it’s staring back at them at age 50. Researchers are now stressing that sarcopenia is not just associated with frailty and appearance as a result of age-related muscle loss, but it’s also the key component behind chronic diseases including diabetes, and can cause major complications in certain diagnoses such as cancer. A study out of the Lancet also suggests that your muscle strength and health can more accurately predict the likelihood of death by heart disease than monitoring blood pressure.