Osteoporosis

23 May 2006

Weekly tip - Beef up on bone facts

How often do you give your bones a second thought? In fact, you never see them at all, unless you've been in an accident or had a rather grim fall. But bones are important.

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How often do you give your bones a second thought? In fact, you never see them at all, unless you've been in an accident or had a rather grim fall. But bones are important, as they give shape to your body.

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Brush up on your bone knowledge with the following facts: newborn babies have 300 bones and adults 206 – the other 94 bones have not disappeared, instead they have fused with other bones; 25% of your bones are made up of water; bones are a protective enclosure for your heart, lungs, brain and other organs; one person in 20 has an extra rib – and the extra rib is three times as common in men as in women; no bone in your body is more than 1 mm away from a capillary or tiny blood vessel; over 100 bones (almost half the bones in your body) are in your hands and feet.

 

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Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

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