Alcohol Osteoporosis bone loss

Alcohol Osteoporosis, Osteopenia.  Drinking alcohol affects your bones. Yes, it does....and that can be good thing.  Women, for example, will want to know that the Framingham study showed that "Women who drink a little bit have an increased oestrogen which helps protect them against heart disease and osteoporosis, but it may increase their risk slightly of breast cancer." Note: "drink a little bit" means no more than one drink a day; seven ounces of liquor a week.  (Quotation is from an interview with Professor Curt Ellison of Boston University's School of Medicine.)

Research studies about Alcohol Osteoporosis, Osteopenia

If you really want to know guidelines for the use of alcohol by those concerned about Osteoporosis or Ostepenia , you will do well to read this page: Guidelines about Alcohol Osteoporosis Osteopenia 

AND if you like reading research studies, here are several about alcohol and your bone density:

  1.  "Bone Resorption in Tissue Culture. Factors Influencing the Response to Parathyroid Hormone" by Lawrence G. Raisz. Department of Pharmacology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y. Department of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y. Here is the full text of this article from the Journal of Clincial Nutrition. Bone Resorption
  2. "The effect of moderate alcohol consumption on bone mineral density: A study of female twins." by Williams, F., et al. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 2004. Published Online First: 1 July 2004. "Moderate alcohol drinking helps prevent osteoporosis". Medical News Today, July 1, 2004;                                              
  3. Innes, John.Moderate amounts of alcohol could protect against brittle bones. The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland), July 1, 2004; "This study examined the effects of alcohol using identical female twins, in which one twin drank very little and the other twin drank moderately (one or two drinks each day). Twins were used because they are genetic clones. Because they have the same genes and grew up in the same environment, it is easier to control for any other possible confounding factors. Bone mineral density was measured at the hip and spine. The study found that moderate drinkers had significantly denser bones than the control group of twins consisting of very light drinkers."
  4. Siris, E.S. Identification and fracture outcomes of undiagnosed low bone density in postmenopausal women: Results from the National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001, 286(22), 2815-2822. "The National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment followed over 200,000 postmenopausal women who were seen at doctors’ offices, with no previous diagnosis of osteoporosis. As a result of screening, the study found that 39.6% had Osteopenia or low bone density and 7% had osteoporosis. The study found that drinking alcohol, estrogen replacement therapy, and exercise each reduced chances of developing osteoporosis. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)."

Other causes of Osteopenia, Osteoporosis

There are many different causes of bone loss. You can read a complete list of things shown to cause Osteopenia or Osteoporosis by clicking:  Causes of Bone Loss

Natural remedies for reversing bone loss. Yes, it is possible to reverse your bone loss by some changes in life style.   If you want to read about foods, supplements and other natural things that build new bone, do read: natural was to build stronger bones.

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