Muscle atrophy

Muscle wasting; Wasting; Atrophy of the muscles

Muscle atrophy is the wasting or loss of muscle tissue.

Active vs. inactive muscle

People may lose 20 to 40 percent of their muscle and, along with it, their strength as they age. Scientists have found that a major reason people lose muscle is because they stop doing everyday activities that use muscle power, not just because they grow older.

Muscular atrophy

Muscular atrophy is the decrease in size and wasting of muscle tissue. Muscles that lose their nerve supply can atrophy and simply waste away.

Causes

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