Bones from the start
The human biology is amazing. Let’s look at bones and the skeleton, which provides the internal framework for the body. At birth there are 270 bones, the content of which is all from the mother. In fact, mom’s lose 5% of their bone content during pregnancy, all of which goes to the baby. The total number of bones decreases to 206 in adulthood with some bones fusing together. Once the bones are fused there is no more lengthening and the mass in the skeleton reaches maximum density around 35 years.
10 facts about your bones and osteoporosis
We talked to rheumatologist and osteoporosis expert Dr Taher Mahmud from the London Osteoporosis Clinic to get some insight into the interesting world of bones…
- Bone should be considered a living, growing body organ that is both flexible and strong. Throughout life, you are constantly losing old bone and forming new bone.
- Osteoporosis occurs when you lose too much bone, make too little of it or both.
- Beyond mid-life in both men and women bone loss is usually greater than bone formation.
- Osteoporosis and the broken bones it causes can be prevented.
- About half of all women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
- Some diseases and medicines can cause bone loss.
- Women lose up to 20% of their bone density in the five-to-seven years around the menopause.
- People with osteoporosis have no symptoms and cannot feel bones getting weaker, and many people do not know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.
- You need to get enough calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients every day to keep your bones healthy. If you are lactose intolerant, it is difficult to get enough calcium from foods.
- You need to exercise at least 2½ hours every week for strong bones.
About the London Osteoporosis Clinic:
LONDON OSTEOPOROSIS CLINIC is group of leading Consultant Osteoporosis Physicians, Orthopaedic Surgeons and Sport & Exercise Medicine Doctors, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists, Strengthening Trainers specialising in disease prevention, the early diagnosis, drug and non-drug, multidisciplinary treatments to achieve best outcomes.
In our view prevention is far better, with new technologies and systems, prevention strategies can be implemented without much demand on individual / organisation. And can help improve decision making and productivity; allow early disease detection and treatment.
Founders: Prof Sir Graeme Catto, Dr Taher Mahmud
P: 020 7193 7867, E: pa@LondonOsteoporosisClinic.com