We hardly pay attention to our bones and often take them for granted, until our bones start showing the signs that they are about to retire. The fact is our bones are just like any other part of our body, which requires lifelong nurturing and protection.
Our skeleton system that holds the bones along with tendons, cartilage and ligaments perform various vital functions like –
- Providing body its basic structure.
- Aiding bodily movement.
- Producing new blood cells.
Fascinating facts about our skeleton.
- The hands and feet contain more than half of the body’s bones –Our hand has 27 bones and foot – 26, combining two hands and two feet equals to 106 bones, which is over half of the total body bones.
- The world’s first functional prosthetic bone was concocted by the Egyptians around 3000 years ago.
- Bones are not the hardest substance in the human body, it is the tooth enamel. So, get your facts right.
- Infants have more bones than adults with 206 bones in an adult and 300 in an infant. Basically, extra bones in infants are a combination of bones and cartilages that with age solidifies into proper bones.
- The toe bones are the most delicate bones in the body.
- Osteoporosis is a well-known disease of the bone.
- The human race has been experiencing benign and malignant tumors in the bone for 120,000 years.
- The longest bone in the body is in the leg.
Most bone diseases occur when our bones no longer receive enough nourishment. Hence, if you want to lead a happy and healthy life, make sure you give equal importance to your bones as you do for your other body parts.
Written by: Dr. H. Kaur
Edited by: S. Ray