The Nutritional Influences Of The Adult Human Skeleton

1743 Words Jun 18th, 2015 7 Pages
Two hundred and six individual bones compose the adult human skeleton. In addition to providing structure and protection for our most vital organs, bones store minerals and aid in blood cell production. They are considered to be just as much a vital organ as the heart or liver. Under normal circumstances, throughout a person’s life as older bone is broken broken down it is immediately rebuilt and replaced but when there is an imbalance in this delicate cycle the bones integrity becomes compromised. Osteoporosis, meaning porous bone, is a disease that occurs when an individual loses too much bone mass, makes to little or a combination of both. This imbalance leaves the bones weak and brittle putting an individual at risk for break or fracture particularly in the hip, wrist or spine. Thankfully, this is a disease that can be combatted. By examining the significance of the disease, the nutritional influences, risk factors and an overall community assessment it can be determined just how serious this disease is in certain cultures and areas and what can be done to prevent the onset.

Significance
Despite being a disease that cannot be visibly seen, statistics from the National Osteoporosis Foundation state that about 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. It is estimated that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men fifty and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. (NOF).…
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