Table 1. Age-related changes in skeletal muscle.



Loss of muscle fibres

Lexell, 1983

Atrophy of muscle fibres

Aniansson et al., 1981 Grimby and Saltin, 1983

Decrease in muscle mass

Lexell, 1988

Loss of muscle nerves

Grimby and Saltin, 1983

Loss of motor units

Brown et al., 1988

Increase in fat tissue

Borkan et al., 1983

Increase in connective tissue

Alnageeb et al., 1984

Decrease in muscle respiratory capacity

Coggan et al., 1993