Source: BBC News
Researchers say they may have worked out why there is a natural loss of muscle in the legs as people age – and that it is due to a loss of nerves.
In tests on 168 men, they found that nerves controlling the legs decreased by around 30% by the age of 75.
This made muscles waste away, but in older fitter athletes there was a better chance of them being ‘rescued’ by nerves re-connecting.
The scientists published their research in the Journal of Physiology.