New Study Suggests Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Help Prevent Bone Loss

New Study Suggests Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Help Prevent Bone Loss

Newswise Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit womens bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.

A new study assessed the effects of alcohol withdrawal on bone turnover in postmenopausal women who drank one or two drinks per day several times a week. Researchers at Oregon State University measured a significant increase in blood markers of bone turnover in women after they stopped drinking for just two weeks.

Bones are in a constant state of remodeling with old bone being removed and replaced. In people with osteoporosis, more bone is lost than reformed resulting in porous, weak bones. About 80 percent of all people with osteoporosis are women, and postmenopausal women face an even greater risk because estrogen, a hormone that helps keep bone remodeling in balance, decreases after menopause.

Past studies have shown that moderate drinkers have a higher bone density than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers, but these studies have provided no explanation for the differences in bone density. Alcohol appears to behave similarly to estrogen in that it reduces bone turnover, the researchers said.

In the current study, published online July 11 in the journal Menopause, researchers in OSUs Skeletal Biology Laboratory[1] studied 40 early postmenopausal women who regularly had one or two drinks a day, were not on any hormone replacement therapies, and had no history of osteoporosis-related fractures.

The researchers found evidence for increased bone turnover a risk factor for osteoporotic fractures during the two week period when the participants stopped drinking. Even more surprising: the researchers found that less than a day after the women resumed their normal drinking, their bone turnover rates returned to previous levels.

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 Urszula Iwaniec[2], associate professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences[3] at OSU and one of the studys authors. After less than 24 hours to see such a measurable effect was really unexpected.

Iwaniec, OSUs Skeletal Biology Laboratory director Russell Turner[4], and researcher Gianni Maddalozzo[5] assisted OSU alumna Jill Marrone with the study, which was Marrones masters thesis.

This study is important because it suggests a cellular mechanism for the increased bone density often observed in postmenopausal women who are moderate drinkers, Turner said.

The researchers said many of the medications to help prevent bone loss are not only expensive, but can have unwanted side effects. While excessive drinking has a negative impact on health, drinking a glass of wine or beer regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle may be helpful for postmenopausal women.

Everyone loses bone as they age, but not everyone develops osteoporosis, Turner said. Being able to identify factors, such as moderate alcohol intake, that influence bone health will help people make informed lifestyle choices.

The study was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the John C. Erkkila, M.D. Endowment for Health and Human Performance.

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Karin Hardin, Adam Branscum, Kenneth Philbrick and Lynn Cialdella-Kam of OSU co-authored the study, along with Anne Breggia and Clifford Rosen of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.

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References

  1. ^ Skeletal Biology Laboratory (health.oregonstate.edu)
  2. ^ Urszula Iwaniec (health.oregonstate.edu)
  3. ^ College of Public Health and Human Sciences (health.oregonstate.edu)
  4. ^ Russell Turner (health.oregonstate.edu)
  5. ^ Gianni Maddalozzo (health.oregonstate.edu)

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