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Moderate Drinking May Strengthen Women's Bones, Study Finds

07/12/12

  01:23:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Moderate Drinking May Strengthen Women's Bones, Study Finds

As we grow, we’re frequently reminded that milk builds strong bones. But as we age, bones become weaker and need some reinforcement, in which case we should turn to… booze.

Really?

Well, if the findings of a new Oregon State University study are correct, moderate levels of alcohol can help build bone density in postmenopausal women. (Sorry guys, but the researchers focused on the fairer sex.)

According to Time, the remodeling process that breaks down and builds up bone sections starts to falter later in life, leaving bones thinner. But a daily drink appears to help keep the cycle running smoother.

The study monitored 40 healthy postmenopausal women under age 65 who drank between one-half to two standard drinks per day, such as a 5-ounce glass of wine. When the women abstained entirely from alcohol for two weeks, the researchers saw negative changes in bone remodeling. But once they started drinking again, the healthier levels were restored – usually in less than a day.

“Drinking moderately as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet and exercise may be beneficial for bone health, especially in postmenopausal women,” said lead author Urszula Iwaniec in a statement. “After less than 24 hours to see such a measurable effect was really unexpected.”

The authors did note that the key to the improvement was moderate amounts of alcohol. Heavy drinking increases the risk of falls and fractures, which obviously defeats the purpose.

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