Muscle loss in old age linked to fewer nerve signals

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.

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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.

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