OMRF scientist uncovers clues about age, muscle loss

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 By: Ryan Stewart Source: NewsOK

New findings from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have revealed clues that could lead to strategies to combat age-related muscle loss.

The study was led by OMRF scientist Benjamin Miller and researchers from the University of Iowa. OMRF scientists Justin Reid and Rick Peelor contributed to the research.

The biggest breakthrough came from identifying an age where the ability to regrow muscle after a period of loss is greatly impaired. The study also shows that these changes vary by muscle and not all muscles are the same.

The researchers looked at rats and found they could regrow muscle after a period of loss until 24 months of age, but at 28 months that ability dropped off. Miller said this translates to humans in their 70s.

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