The skeleton - Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that...

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Radio Ad Pamela Turner June 10, 2011 HCA 240 The skeleton, made up of all the body’s bones, provides strength, stability, and a frame for muscles to work against in producing movement. Bones are both strong enough to support our weight and light enough to allow us to move. The most well-known musculoskeletal problems are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis—problems which affect thousands around the world. Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally protects the joint, allowing for smooth movement. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, like when you walk. Without the usual amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness. Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both.
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Unformatted text preview: Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that are essential for normal bone formation. Throughout youth, your body uses these minerals to produce bones. If you do not get enough calcium, or if your body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissues may suffer. As you age, calcium and phosphate may be reabsorbed back into the body from the bones, which makes the bone tissue weaker. This can result in brittle, fragile bones that are more prone to fractures, even without injury. Although bones and diet may not seem connected, they are. Our standard diet may be a major risk factor for arthritis and osteoporosis. It also can result in unhealthy looking skin. Excess weight on joints, lack of essential fats (skin disorders), and under and over exercise also contribute to musculoskeletal problems. References: , ,...
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