The Effects Of Osteoporosis On A Person Skeletal System

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Osteoporosis Osteoporosis, meaning porous bone from the Greek language, is bone disease that gradually and steadily wears down bone tissue and its living cells. This wearing down will eventually cause the cells of bone tissue to degrade and die, leaving their “scaffolding” to be the only things only bone together. Without living cells to take up a home in this scaffolding, minor injuries such as falls, bumping into objects, and pressure that would normally be completely and would not pose any threat to bone tissue suddenly becomes a real hazard that can easily pose a threat to one’s well-being. Osteoporosis affects a person skeletal system.

in the development and onset of this disease. Sex hormones, such as estrogen previously mentioned, as well as testosterone in men can help build and maintain healthy bones. When these hormone levels decrease, which is not uncommon in old age, the chance for osteoporosis increase significantly.
Also, overly active endocrine glands that produce hormones, such as the thyroid which produces thyroid hormone, parathyroid glands that produce parathyroid hormone, and the adrenal glands, that produce many “stress” hormones such as epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, have been linked to decreased bone health and risk of osteoporosis. The pituitary gland located on the bottom of your brain releases many hormones, but a notable one linked to osteoporosis is known as growth hormone. As previously mentioned, lifestyle…

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