Moderate Drinking May Contribute To Bone Health

A new study from Oregon State University found evidence that moderate drinking among women in their 50s and early 60s may help prevent bone loss. The research, published in the journal Menopause, looked at a small sampling of women who drank an average of 1.4 drinks a day and had no history of fractures related to osteoporosis. Participants gave blood samples at the beginning of the study, then were asked to abstain from drinking for two weeks, after which time their blood was taken again. The results showed that, during the two weeks of not drinking, the rate of bone removal and replacement increased. When the women began drinking again, the rate of bone turnover rapidly decreased. Urszula Iwaniec, PhD, associate professor at Oregon State University, said moderate drinking may reduce the overall rate of bone turnover, which may reduce bone loss and the risk of osteoporosis. Iwaniec cautions, however, that only moderate drinking was associated with the positive effects and excessive alcohol consumption can harm bone health. More here and here.

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