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Health Studies: Bone Health and Avoiding Osteoporosis by Dr Glenn Wakley, The University of Bristol

2nd May 2014 @ 15:00 - 16:00

Objective: to inform pupils about the importance of calcium (and hence diet) and exercise in building up bone mass, in view of their projected long life expectancy.


All men and women will lose bone after age 40, and women lose even more after menopause. Even with today’s relatively short lifespan (most people dying around age 75), about one in six will lose so much bone that their bones will break – a disease called osteoporosis. Because national statistics suggest that up to 50% of children born in 2000 will live to be 100 years old, their generation are going to suffer MUCH more from osteoporosis. As everyone will lose bone mass with age, the important thing is to make as much bone as you can whilst your bones are growing. The talk is about research showing how to do that.

Suitable for: Years 8,9,10 (This talk will be of interest to anyone owning a skeleton inside their body and those hoping to live a long pain-free life).

Preparation/Pre-reading: None required. Students should have some idea how to interpret a line graph.


2nd May 2014
15:00 - 16:00
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