:: Atrophy :: June 23, 2007Posted by Minci 先生 in Medical School.
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
- 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.
- 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?