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Why is atrophy in the sense of loosing muscles taking place when one is dieting wrong, and how can it be prevented? --Abdull 22:08, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Muscle atrophy. But the questions about why muscles are wasted due to dieting remains. --Abdull 22:25, 28 August 2006 (UTC)
if you diet sufficiently that your daily caloric intake is less than the amount of calories your body uses in a day, then your body makes up the difference by taking it from various parts of your body, including muscles, and vital organs. your body may actually start making additional fat if it can since it thinks you are starving to death (which you technically are). by shrinking your muscles and organs, the body is also reducing your ability to be active, thereby forcing you to conserve more energy, which, like the fat production, it sees as a safety measure to prolong death from starvation. Sahuagin 15:40, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
the better way to go is to increase aerobic activity (most people get very little, or zero), and eat healthily (as opposed to less). this will increase metabolism, burn fat, strengthen organs, and give you energy. Sahuagin 15:44, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Things to Change...[edit]

1 - 'Brain Atrophy' is listed but no explanation is given.

2 - 'Breast Atrophy' is listed but it also says "Atrophy of the testes occurs with prolonged use of enough exogenous sex steroid (either androgen or estrogen) to reduce gonadotropin secretion", which has nothing to do with the breasts. This phrase should be removed or the atrophy name changed.

This article needs more information in general.

indeed. i think it should at least point out that not all muscle atrophy is necessarily abnormal. specifically, an athlete (IE: bodybuilder) that reduces his activity level will see a similar reduction in muscle mass over time. unless there is another term for this, but i'm fairly sure it is still considered atrophy. Sahuagin 15:47, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Atrophy of Skin[edit]

Perhaps a discussion regarding atrophy of skin (like with use of longterm topical steroids) could be added? Kilbad (talk) 02:04, 16 October 2008 (UTC) just to let u know i am human and not an animal! imao I actually am the only person in the UK TO HAVE SUB CUTANEOUS FAT TISSUE ATROPHY which is severely affecting me correlating with sjogren's syndrome, hyperthyroidism and severe insomnia! I was 150kg in weight and now down to 69-i don't know if i am going to die yet, but when i was told i was losing weight, well - i was damned happy until i found out it was this awful disability! I want people to contact me who have similar to me,i need 15 more people to link up with WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION....then this disease becomes known, and oh boy, do i know what it is to suffer! substiting food with the fat loss was a good idea to begin with, but, two years later? not so good! please contact me — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:53, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

mouse - mice?[edit]

this i thought quite funny, because i am human - not a mouse or one of many mice!

Picture is unclear which mouse has atrophy, or if both have them. Changed to mice. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:05, 24 November 2010 (UTC)