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Thinning bones prevented by regular glass of wine

3rd August 2012

New evidence has emerged to suggest that a glass or two of wine a day could help protect older women from thinning bones.

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A team of international researchers have said that moderate intake of wine worked as well as drugs at maintaining bone strength for women after the menopause.

Experts from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research analysed a study by the University of Oregon, which had concluded that abstaining from drinking led to a higher risk of developing osteoporosis and found that modest drinking could work just as well as some drugs.

The findings, published in the Menopause journal, have been described as “novel” by Professor Jonathan Powell and Dr Ravin Jugdaohsingh of the Medical Research Council Nutrition Research Group at Cambridge University.

They said that the authors’ finding appeared robust but the “big issue” remained in determining the relation of moderate alcohol intake and bone.

At present many postmenopausal women take daily bisphosphonates each day to help combat thinning bones but the latest review found women who daily drank about two small glasses of wine – the equivalent of 19g of alcohol a day - had a drop in the loss of old bone.

This helped maintain bone strength as it improved the balance between old bone and new bones and led one of the reviewers to add: “The results suggest an effect of moderate alcohol consumption similar to the effects of bisphosphonates.”

There are no known symptoms of osteoporosis prior to a bone fracture but around 300,000 fragility fractures occur every year in Britain.

 

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Article Information

Title: Thinning bones prevented by regular glass of wine
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 22466
Date Added: 3rd Aug 2012

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