Moderate alcohol consumption may prevent bone loss for women

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - Moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent bone loss for women. Oregon State University released a study suggesting drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women's bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.

A new study assessed the effects of alcohol withdrawal on bone turnover in postmenopausal women who drank one or two drinks per day several times a week.

The study assessed the effects of alcohol withdrawal on bone turnover in postmenopausal women who drank one or two drinks per day several times a week. Researchers measured a significant increase in blood markers of bone turnover in women after they stopped drinking for just two weeks.

"Everyone loses bone as they age, but not everyone develops osteoporosis. Being able to identify factors, such as moderate alcohol intake, that influence bone health will help people make informed lifestyle choices, according to OSU's Skeletal Biology Laboratory director Russell Turner.

Bones are in a constant state of remodeling with old bone being removed and replaced. In people with osteoporosis, more bone is lost than reformed resulting in porous, weak bones. About 80 percent of all people with osteoporosis are women, and postmenopausal women face an even greater risk because estrogen, a hormone that helps keep bone remodeling in balance, decreases after menopause.

Online: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2012/jul/new-study-suggests-moderate-alcohol-consumption-may-help-prevent-bone-loss
 

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