14 Surprising Facts about Bones (Part 1)

Eunice Tan By Eunice Tan, 7th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/jzgos5w0/
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Many are diagnosed with bone problems in old age. But the customs at the young age can influence the condition of the bones in old age. Probably only a few people who maintain good bone from their youth.

Seven Surprising Facts about Bones

1. Bone is alive.
Bones may seem hard as a rock, but actually bone is alive. A group cells called osteoblasts, are constantly making new bone. There was also a group of cells called osteoclasts, which serves to destroy the bone.

The process of destruction and creation of new bone called bone remodeling. The bone grow rapidly over the young. At the old age, new bone formation is balanced by the destruction, so thinning of the bones can occur.

2. Etnic affects bone strength.
Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but the risk is much higher in whites or Asians. Blacks or Hispanics have a lower risk.
A survey found that, between 13-18 percent of women aged over 50 years in the United States suffer from osteoporosis in their hips, and including about 20 percent of female non-Hispanic whites, 5 percent of female non-Hispanic blacks, and 10 percent of Mexican-American women.
Men have a lower risk for osteoporosis, but the risk is still higher in white men and Asian than in those with other ethnic backgrounds.

3. Thinning of the bones can occur at younger ages.
Young women who stop menstruating will have a process of menopausal hormone, which cause bone loss. Anorexia in particular can be harmful to bone. If women do not menstruate, she will experience menopause at about age 20 or 30 years instead of 50-year. And the related decline in estrogen causes the process bone remodeling to accelerate and become balanced.

4. Bone is a storage unit.
If the body needs calcium, the body will take it from bones if calcium intake is less. The only problem is that sometimes the toxic substance, like tin or mercury, may be lodged in the bone as well. Bone is the main storage area for calcium and phosphate, and storing substances such as metals weight in low levels for long periods of time.

5. Alcohol is bad to the bone.
Too much alcohol can harm liver, brain, and other parts of the body. Alcohol can also be a major problem for bone.

Heavy drinkers tend to lose bone density, and when the density is quite low, it called osteopenia. It is a condition that is lighter than osteoporosis. But alcohol or heavy drinking habits over time can lead to deficiencies calcium and more severe bone thinning known as osteoporosis. Smoking also is a known risk factor for osteoporosis.

6. Excess weight can help bone.
Excess weight may make bones stronger, although research results have been contradictory.

Just as exercise and move the muscles can build strong bones, the body may lay down more bone minerals to support the weight. But if overweight focused in the stomach, it can increase risk of bone thinning.

7. Abdominal fat adverse bone.
Results showed that pre-menopausal women who have excess fat in their bellies increase risk for osteoporosis. Because abdominal fat is different from fat in the thighs or buttocks. Abdominal fat is bad fat and very metabolically active.

Abdominal fat can produce any type of hormone that can increase inflammation in body, and the end result of inflammation is an increase in bone dissolution.

Next 7 surprising facts about bones can be read in 14 Surprising Facts about Bones (Part 2)


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author avatar Val Mills
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Interesting facts here. I've been fascinated with bones since my recent ongoing foot injury after a fall.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Jan 2012 (#)

I agree, just interesting facts about bones. Thank you for sharing.:)

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