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This directed case study focuses on the physiology of bone homeostasis and methods of prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. One of the overall purposes of the case is to show students that osteoporosis is not simply a disease that afflicts elderly women. Instead, students learn about Marissa, a petite 15-year-old who has just learned that her 55-year-old grandmother has osteoporosis; Jeremey, a lanky 19-year-old college sophomore who recently has become interested in weight-lifting and is thinking about using steroids to bulk up; and Eleanor, a 45-year-old woman considering hormone replacement therapy mainly to prevent osteoporosis. The case is appropriate for use in an introductory nutrition course, physiology course, pathophysiology course, or general education course focusing on the human body and disease.
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