How to Keep Muscles Young: Eat Less Food
Caloric restriction and exercise slow muscle decline in mice.
By Emily Singer
FRIDAY, AUGUST 06, 2010
The connections between your nerves and muscle deteriorate with age–a phenomenon that may help explain the serious loss of muscle that often strikes old people. New evidence suggests that caloric restriction–a nutritionally complete but low-calorie diet–could help prevent these changes. According to a study published this week, a very-low-calorie diet, and to a lesser extent exercise, can prevent or slow some aspects of muscle decline in aging mice.