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:: Atrophy :: June 23, 2007

Posted by Minci 先生 in Medical School.
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When you don’t use it, you lose it.

A phrase I often hear when people talk about actively using the brains and muscles in preventing pre-senile dementia or age-related diminishing physical strength.

at·ro·phy       (āt’rə-fē)  Pronunciation Key 
n.   pl. at·ro·phies

  1. Pathology A wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part owing to disease, injury, or lack of use: muscular atrophy of a person affected with paralysis.
  2. A wasting away, deterioration, or diminution: intellectual atrophy.

The villi in your intestines

Same thing happens to our guts. Earlier, I have thought the importance of nutritional feeds was only for its calories. To nourish and give energy. It seems that it is also to prevent the villi from undergoing atrophy. Villi facilitates the absorption of nutrients. There’s no point eating if you’re not getting anything good out of it. Don’t we all eat to live? 😆

Now.. what if we don’t use our conscience, our feelings? What happens then?

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1. shutterspeaks - June 23, 2007

or people… when we seldom keep in touch with them, we lose them.

2. Minci - June 23, 2007

shutterspeaks…
true, that’s a good one.. never thought of that…

3. Puteri Nad :-( - June 23, 2007

maksud dia..
makan adala perlu?

4. pluginbaby - June 23, 2007

wow… it has been some time since i learn these things.. back to physics now.. lol

5. Minci - June 23, 2007

nad,
maksud dia tk leh biar patient tak ‘makan’ terlalu lama.. at least NG

pluginbaby,
hehe.. i hope ur doin fine with ur new course of life.. 🙂

6. Puteri Nad :-( - June 23, 2007

owhh plug in baby x amek medic lagik?

7. Minci - June 23, 2007

the last time I heard.. he’s pursuing his interest in multimedia sorta thing .. i wish pluginbaby all the best..

8. shutterspeaks - June 24, 2007

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