Unformatted text preview: to form compact bone, which can take upwards of six months. Osteopathology Several diseases can affect bones. Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease. It is often a disease of age. Bones lose mass and become brittle due to loss of both organic materials and mineral components. Postmenopausal women are at the greatest risk as estrogen aids in bone growth. Estrogen replacement therapy has been shown to slow bone resorption, but the best treatment is prevention -- exercise and calcium intake while bone growth is occurring. Another, less common disease is ricketts. This disease affects children in developing countries and is caused by deficiencies in calcium or vitamin D during childhood. The bones remain soft and can not support the increasing weight of the body causing severe deformities....
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- Fall '10
- Anatomy, Bone Disease, common bone disease, slightly thicker bone