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Cheers! Wine protects bones, scientists say
Drinking one or two glasses of wine a day could help women to keep up their bone strength, with the alcoholic beverage working just as well as drugs, experts say.
Research published in the journal Menopause revealed that consuming a couple of glasses of wine a day could protect older women from thinning bones.
Those going tee-total, on the other hand, are most likely to develop osteoporosis, according to an international team of scientists.
Drinking a modest amount each day could even work as well as the drugs postmenopausal women take to prevent their bones thinning, the research suggested..
A team from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research looked at a study from the University of Oregon.
They found that while women were drinking 19g of alcohol a day, which can be found in two small glasses of wine, they experience a fall in the loss of old bone..
This improved the balance between old and new bone, helping the subjects to maintain their strength.
However, once the women stopped drinking, they began losing more bone again.
A reviewer commented: "The results suggest an effect of moderate alcohol consumption similar to the effects of bisphosphonates."
However, as Sarah Leyland, from the National Osteoporosis Society, pointed out, drinking may not be all good for bones.
She told the Daily Mail: "Moderate amounts of alcohol might be beneficial for bones, but excessive alcohol increases the risk of fractures, as well as increasing the risk of falls."
This comes after a summary of studies by the Forum, which found moderate alcohol consumption to be linked to a rise in bone mineral density."
In this study, researchers concluded that the moderate enjoyment of alcohol, in particular beer and wine, improved bone strength in both men and postmenopausal women."
People who have osteoporosis are likely to be unaware they have the condition as there are no symptoms prior to a fracture.
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