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Brittle Bones Part 1 (Teacher: Michael)

It's quite - old try to young. Try to old interests. develop some hobbies. But there's one luxury they spare themselves: falling . Slippery floors and rugs with ragged edges relatively harmless for youngsters, but always avoided for older .

It's that as we older we fall more clumsily and frequently; but also our bones weaker. This worsening of the bones is because of changes in the bone structure. You some of the struts and supports of a bridge, and it just the same, and certainly no smaller.

But one not suggest that trains over it. Thinning of bones is called osteoporosis, and it happen for other reasons than old . It is more common in women than in men: the former most often at the time of the menopause. This unhappy weakening of our bones also follow the regular and prolonged taking of certain drugs, especially cortisone.

Osteoporosis cause a lot of odd symptoms. It is sometimes a cause of backache; or the patient gets a broken bone after a remarkably trivial accident. In the elderly it is generally the thigh bone - the femur - which collapses under quite a minor strain or fall.

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