Why does muscle atrophy?

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Why does muscle atrophy?

Post by TheVirus » Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:11 am

I think i can guess why this happens, but i'd like a profesional opinion: why exactly does muscle atrophy when not used for a long time (for example, in a comatose patient)?
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Post by Riot09 » Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:31 am

use it or lose it,mate.

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Post by TheVirus » Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:09 pm

Could you expand that answer a little more, mate?
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Post by JackBean » Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:33 am

The muscles (as anything in living organisms) is not static, instead, it is all the time broken down and re-build again. If you have no need to build muscles, why should you spent energy for that?
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Post by TheVirus » Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:17 am

Now, that's what i'm talking about!
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Post by jwalin » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:12 am

as always jackbean hits the nail on its head.
it isn't what you do that matters but it is how you do it

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Post by JackBean » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:17 am

Yeah, just don't let me hit you on your head :wink: :lol:
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Post by jwalin » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:23 am

don't be so harsh my friend
it isn't what you do that matters but it is how you do it

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