What Changes Occur In The Diaphragm As A Result Of The Aging Process?

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doctor..the aging process causes the elastic characteristics of the diaphragm to decrease..what is the effect??

1 Answer:

Hi Vivi29,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Perhaps you mean what changes occur in the diaphragm as a result of the aging process.


The diaphragm is a muscle that runs under the chest cavity and is shaped like a downward curved dome. In addition to the chest and abdominal muscles, the diaphragm muscle actively contracts and relaxes when humans breathe. When there is inspiration (breathing in), in addition to the chest muscles that contract to lift the ribs, the diaphragm muscles will also contract so that it becomes flat. In this way the pressure in the chest cavity will decrease so that air from outside will enter the lungs. Conversely, when there is expiration (exhaling), the chest muscles and diaphragm will relax so that the pressure in the chest cavity increases, and air will come out of the lungs.


As we age, the diaphragm's ability to contract and relax decreases. As a result, you need a higher effort to breathe. In young people who rarely do activities and exercise, this condition can make them more easily tired, short of breath, and experience symptoms of lack of oxygen, such as difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, and so on. Likewise in people who previously smoked frequently, or had a history of diseases of the respiratory tract and musculoskeletal disorders.


That's our explanation. Hopefully it can answer the meaning of your question. If it's not clear, you can ask directly to the doctor at the nearest health facility.


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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