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As people age, bones tend to become less dense and become weaker and more likely to break. In women, loss of bone density speeds up after menopause.
Bones become less dense partly because the amount of calcium they contain decreases. Part of the reason is that less calcium is absorbed in the digestive tract and levels of vitamin D (which helps the body use calcium) decrease slightly. Calcium is the main mineral that gives bones strength. Certain bones are weakened more than others. Those most affected include the end of the thighbone (femur) at the hip, the ends of the …
Joints and Bones
A point where two or more bones connect is called a joint. There are two different types of joints in the body:
- Movable joints (like ball-and-socket, hinge, gliding and pivot joints)
- Immovable joints (like the bones of the skull and pelvis) which allow little or no movement
Bones have two purposes. Some, like your backbone, provide the structure which enables you to stand erect instead of lying like a puddle on the floor. Other bones protect the delicate, and sometimes soft, insides of your body. Your skull, a series of fused bones, acts like a hard protective …