What is Atrophy?<br /><ul><li>Atrophy involves the collapse of either all or one part of the body, and is often referred to as “wasting.”
Atrophy slows down the body’s movement and prevents it from functioning properly.
No cure has been developed yet for this disease, people suffering from Atrophy can die under its progression.</li></li></ul><li>Causes Of Atrophy<br /> There are different causes for Atrophy:<br />1- Flying into space: As astronauts fly higher into space, pressure increases and fluid distribution in the body also increases which can cause Atrophy.<br />After only few days in space astronauts can suffer from decreased muscle tone, and loss of calcium in their bones because they are away from the gravitational pull of Earth.<br />
Causes of Atrophy<br />.<br /> 2- Aging is another cause for Atrophy: As people age, they are more likely to develop Atrophy because their physical activities and exercise decrease.<br />3- Atrophy can also be caused by poor nourishment .<br />4- Misusing a bone or a muscle.<br />4- Stroke and diabetes.<br />.<br />
How is Atrophy Cured?<br />2. Medications and exercise devices: many of them developed by NASA scientists.<br />3. Eating habits, and lifestyle changes.<br />
How is Atrophy Cured?<br />There are many causes for atrophy, but there are no cures for it, only treatment.<br />1. Using a muscle stimulator device: The device is usually used for an hour and a half per day to prevent muscle atrophy in paralyzed individuals. It provides the electrical stimulation to muscles, which is equal to jogging 3 miles per week. <br />
Fluid distribution is different on earth than in space.<br />
Fabulous Facts<br />After a two to three week trip in to space, it takes three to four years to regain bone density!<br />NASA research on Atrophy in space is helping in treating other bone diseases on earth like osteoporosis.<br />