A Brief Knowledge about the Cortical Bone Density

Osteoporosis is one of the most common ailments among men and women who are above the age of 65. It is highly likely that women above this age are more likely to get afflicted with this life threatening disease than the men. The bone density of women is quite lower than that of men. Moreover, the process of the weakening of the bones starts right after the menopausal years in women. It is quite likely that post-menopausal women are more likely to get afflicted with this disease. Even the normal recovery of the bones after having suffered a fracture is quite difficult in post-menopausal women. The bone of a human being is composed of several structures of which the most prominent is the cortical bone. The cortical bone, in other words the compact bone, is among the two types of osseous tissues that form the bones. The cortical bone forms the outer component of the majority of the bones.

The primary function of the cortical bone is to support the body, provide levers for the movement, and protect the organs. Its main function is to store as well as release the chemicals that are essential to upkeep the health of the bones. The cortical bone density is much higher than the cancellous bone that is the other type of the osseous tissue. As a result of the high cortical bone density the cortical bone is a lot stiffer and stronger than the cancellous bone. The high cortical bone density makes this bone constitute about the 80% of the weight of the human skeleton.

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