What do bones do? What are bones? If you were to ask someone these questions you would probably get responses like “bones support the body” and “the strong white things that have calcium”.
While these responses are technically accurate, bones are more complex than most people give them credit for.
BONES TAKE YEARS TO FULLY HEAL
The process for a bone to completely be repaired after a break can take as long as nine years! Excess bone forms around the break and it takes years for it to be broken down by specialized cells called osteoclasts.
BONES ARE LINKED TO THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
In addition to acting as a support network for the body, bones also play an important role in marrow production. Marrow is directly linked to the body’s immune defenses, therefore bone health is important for the overall health of an individual.
AS SKIN SAGS WITH AGING, SO DO OUR BONES
As people age, the bones beneath their eyes drops down giving the look of sagging cheeks and the chin lines becoming less defined. Bones naturally break down and rebuild, but overtime bones do not rebuild as fast as they used to. This leads to the withering and movement of bones associated with aging.
BONES ARE ALIVE
Bones are strong and sturdy like a piece of stone, which is why some people have trouble seeing them as clusters of living cells. But they are alive, and they die too. In fact, about every dozen years or so, everyone builds a brand new skeleton!
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MAKES BONES STRONGER
While it might seem like physical activity wouldn’t have much effect on bones, physical activity is crucial for preventing bone disease like osteoporosis. This activity breaks down the bone tissue, and new bone is formed in its place – this time stronger than before.
Bones do not just “support the body,” they are a collection of complex tissues with multiple important purposes within the body. From being directly linked to our immune systems to rebuilding their cell structures every dozen years, drinking your milk and staying active truly is imperative to keeping your bones and body healthy.
Our team at Rosetta Radiology believes healthy bones are important. Receive a bone density scan at Rosetta to gain an inside look to your overall bone health.