Want to know if you have big bones? March 12, 2014Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: are you big-boned, big bones, bone health, bones, how to tell if you have big bones, Neanderthals
Silence Dogood here. This morning I read a great article about how to tell if you have big bones, medium-sized bones, or small bones.
I never had to wonder about this. I had to wear adult shoes from the youngest age because of my huge feet and could never wear bangle bracelets because of my huge hands; I just couldn’t get the bracelets over them. One look at my gigantic skull would strike awe into the smaller-headed geniuses I dated. (They should have recalled that head size didn’t help Neanderthals survive the onslaught of their human relatives; it’s what’s in the brain, not the size of it, that matters.)
But if you’ve always wondered about your own bone size, the article suggested this simple tip to find out: Circle your wrist with the thumb and index finger of your other hand. If your fingers overlap, you’re small-boned. If they touch, you’re medium-boned. If they don’t meet, you’re large-boned. (In my case, there was an inch of space between my fingers, and I have not an ounce of fat on my wrists.)
Does the size of your bones have any meaning as far as your health is concerned? The article assured readers that it didn’t, that your bones’ density and mineral content were what mattered, not their size.
My own guess, being large-boned, is that it’s a throwback survival strategy, when living rough meant that bigger, stronger bones might have helped early man survive, avoiding potentially deadly bone breaks and keeping people upright and moving in the face of an attack, keeping them able to walk and walk and walk from one site of food and shelter to another. Today, it’s just a curiosity.
Anyway, if you’re wondering, try the test and see how you rate. And whatever your bones’ size, take good care of them! Plenty of weight-bearing exercise, calcium from natural sources like dairy and tofu, and vitamin D-3, coupled with normal precautions like making sure you don’t slip on the ice or engage in bone-breaking sports, should help you keep your skeleton healthy.
‘Til next time,