Monday, October 26, 2009

Our skeletal system

An adult human has 206 bones. These bones or skeletons are fused and supported by ligaments, tendons, muscles and cartilage. Our biggest bone is the femur (at the leg) and the smallest is the stapes which is situated in the ear.

The function of the bone is to support our body and maintain the shape. The bones also helps us to move, which is powered by our skeletal muscles.
Other than movements, bones also protects our organs. Imagine your eyes without the socket! The skull protects our brain, eyes and ears.
The rib cage protects our heart and lungs. Do you know that the bones also acts as a storage? It stores calcium and bone marrows.

It is very important that we take care of our bones. Osteoporosis is a bone disease. It can happen to anyone regardless of age. Please do not take your bones for granted. Osteoporosis can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. Other than having a good diet of calcium and vitamin D, exercising is one way to prevent from getting osteoporosis. Please read on my previous postings on osteoporosis.

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