Aging Muscles May Just Need a Little 'Love Hormone'

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Oxytocin may help older muscles regenerate, a new study suggests.

The hormone oxytocin, often thought of as the “love hormone,” could help old muscles work like new, counteracting the decline that comes with aging, a new study in mice suggests.

In experiments, injecting oxytocin under the skin of aged mice restored the regenerative potential of their muscle, helping the old rodents heal muscle far better than mice not given oxytocin.

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