An erector set
of 206 ever-changing pieces ó in fact, we start out with about 231
bones before they fuse during our early years. From the tiny stapes in
the inner ear (just one-tenth of an inch long) to the workhorse femur
(thigh bone), every bone plays an important role.
What they do:
form, stability and movement.
delicate internal organs.
Just for sports
There are 27
bones in the hand, which is the same number of outs a pitcher has to
record for a no-hitter on the road.
creates new blood cells. And, by a process known as remodeling, every
bone in the body is completely reformed about every 10 years. The bad
news: Bone mass peaks around the age of 30; after that, bone loss
increases the chance of fractures. Some 44 million Americans have
either low bone mass (osteopenia) or osteoporosis ó a whopping 55
percent of people over the age of 50.
Get plenty of
calcium, but donít sit down on the job. Weight-bearing exercise and
vitamin D we absorb from sunlight, both contribute to strong bones.
"A 30-minute walk with your dog every day would keep you and your
dog healthy, and everyone would be happy," notes Dr. Richard
Marks, professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Medical College of
mothers or sisters fractured their hips have twice the risk of hip
fractures as women whose mothers did not, according to www.americanbonehealth.com
Itís a guy
By age 65 or 70,
men and women lose bone mass at the same rate. Another concern: As we
age, both menís and womenís bodies are less able to absorb
prevention of osteoporosis, screening and treatment options will be
discussed at a free event at 6 p.m. April 18, at the Froedtert &
MCW Community Conference Center, 8700 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa.
To register or get more information, call (414) 805-3666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org