Fit and healthy muscles are less likely to waste away in old age.
Researchers have claimed that they could have worked out why there is a natural loss of muscle as people get older.
They believe that it is due to a loss of nerves in the body.
After testing 168 men, the researchers found that the nerves which control the legs had deteriorated by about 30% by the age of 75.
This, therefore, makes the muscles waste away in old age. When it comes to older and fitter athletes, the research shows that there’s a better chance of them being ‘saved’ by reconnecting the nerves.
When people age, the leg muscles become smaller and somewhat weaker. This is what leads to problems with things you do every day such as getting out of a chair or walking up stairs.
This is an issue that is not fully understood despite the fact that it will happen to everyone eventually.