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Muscle & Bone Atrophy

Preston Householder and Carlos ochoa

Some of the perils are obvious: hard vacuum, extreme cold, and unpredictable blasts of radiation from the Sun. Other perils are less conspicuous.

What is Muscle Atrophy?

The medical condition that is characterized by the gradual loss of muscle mass. Muscle mass leads to muscle weakness and a smaller physical appearance. One of the leading causes of muscle atrophy is disuse. Another cause for atrophy is cachexia, or body wasting syndrome.

Muscle Atrophy Symptoms

Conditions like osteoarthritis, strokes, Lou Gehrig's disease, and diabetic neuropathy Diseases like polio, arthritis, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and Lou Gehrig's disease

Muscle Atrophy Treatment

Electrical stimulation may be used as a form of muscular atrophy treatment in an effort to help restore lost muscle strength. This type of pain isnt caused by inflammation, however, so it needs to be treated differently.

Muscle Atrophy in Space

Living and working in space is mentally strenuous. Without regular use and exercise our muscles weaken and deteriorate. The loss of muscle mass means a loss of strength that can be potentially dangerous. Even though muscle mass and strength can be regained once astronauts have returned to Earth.

Loss of Bone Mass in Space

Weakening of the bones Spacefarers typically experience bone loss 1 to 2 percent of bone mass each month Weaken of the bone present problems when the person returns to a weight-bearing environment

Loss of Bone Mass on Earth

At least 10 million people suffer from bone loss in the U.S. Less the >1% a month

Prevention if Any
Osteocytes, could hormones like this one be given to space travelers as a supplement to prevent bone degradation? Osteocytes Sclerosis clinical candidate antibody

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