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FACTS ABOUT BONES

Skeletal System

THROW ME A BONE!

1. You have 206 total bones in your body.

2. 14 bones are in your face.

3. 8 bones are in each wrist.

4. 23 bones are in each foot including the ankle

5. Your bones consist of 50% water and 50% solid matter.

6. Your bones give points of attachments for the muscles so that they may serve as levers and make movement possible.

7. The marrow inside bone provides a site for the formation of blood cells.

8. Your ribs surround and protect your vital organs like the heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys.

9. Your tailbone is called the coccyx. (Pronounced kok' siks)

10. Your bones have small blood vessels and lymphatic tissue for the maintenance and repair of bone tissue.

11. When you were born you had over 300 bones. As you grew, some of these bones began to fuse together and now you have 206 bones.

12. Your skull, a series of fused bones, acts like a hard protective helmet for your brain.

13. Your vertebrae (bony spinal column) surrounds and protects your spinal cord, which is a complex bundle of nerves.

14. Your ribs surround and protect your heart, liver and lungs and serving as a coat of armor.

15. When there's not enough calcium in the bloodstream, the body attempts to pull calcium from the bones, which thins and weakens them. This causes osteoporosis, which leads to breaks and fractures.

16. Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans, mostly women.

17. An additional 18 million Americans already have low bone mass, osteopenia, which places them at high risk.

18. By the age of 20, the average young person has acquired roughly 98% of his/her skeletal mass.

19. Calcium helps prevent breast and colon cancer, reduces the symptoms of PMS, prevents cavities and strengthens tooth enamel, reduces hypertension and lowers blood pressure, and helps promote weight loss.

20. America is in a Calcium Crisis: 9 out of 10 women, 7 out of 10 men, and 3 out of 4 teenagers do not get enough calcium.

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