Protect your bones, have a drinkMarch 9th, 2009 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 9 (IANS) Post menopausal women and men over 60 years who drink alcohol moderately seem to have stronger bones, according to a new study.
The study found that regular moderate consumption of beer or wine may have protective effects on bone, but that heavy drinking may contribute to bone loss.
Researchers at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging (JMHNRCA) at Tufts University found associations were strongest for beer and wine and, importantly, bone mass density (BMD) was significantly lower in men drinking more than two servings of liquor per day.
“Previous research suggests that moderate alcohol consumption in older men and post-menopausal women may protect against BMD loss, a major risk factor for osteoporosis,” said Katherine L. Tucker, study co-author and director of Dietary Assessment and Epidemiology Research Program at the JMHNRCA.
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines issued by the federal government defines moderate alcohol consumption as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
Tucker and colleagues analysed BMD measurements taken at three hip sites and the lumbar spine in 1,182 men, 1,289 post-menopausal women, and 248 pre-menopausal women whose parents or in-laws participated in the original Framingham Heart Study.
Participants self-reported their alcohol intake on dietary questionnaires. One serving of beer equaled a glass, bottle or can (356 ml), one serving of wine equaled a 4-oz. glass (118 ml), and one serving of liquor equaled one mixed drink or shot (42 ml).
Authors hypothesise that the silicon found in beer is contributing to the higher BMD scores in the men who reported consuming one or two servings of total alcohol or beer per day. It is less clear why liquor and wine might protect BMD, said a Tufts release.
The results were published online in the February edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
- Moderate alcohol intake ''good for bones'' - Mar 04, 2009
- Wine could help protect older women from thinning bones - Aug 03, 2012
- Low-moderate alcohol consumption does not harm women's bone health - Apr 28, 2010
- Frequent tipple halves rheumatoid arthritis risk - Jul 11, 2012
- More alcohol ups risk of breast cancer recurrence - Dec 14, 2009
- Booze may raise breast cancer recurrence risk - Dec 11, 2009
- Heavy beer drinking, gene variant up gastric cancer risk - Apr 05, 2011
- Heavy, not modest, drinkers' babies more likely to have birth defects - Oct 16, 2010
- Stroke risk doubles for an hour after drinking alcohol: Study - Jul 16, 2010
- Cheers! Drinking a pint of beer a day 'is good for your health' - Jan 14, 2011
- Binge drinkers at 'higher risk of heart disease' - Nov 24, 2010
- A bit of booze is best for your bones - Mar 14, 2009
- 10-year-old British kids having alcohol problems - Oct 31, 2011
- Teens prefer a shot of liquor to a bottle of beer, finds study - Mar 09, 2011
- Wine's role ambiguous in protecting heart - Jan 31, 2012
Tags: 2005 dietary guidelines, alcohol intake, american journal of clinical nutrition, bmd, bone mass, dietary assessment, framingham heart study, glass bottle, human nutrition research, human nutrition research centre, journal of clinical nutrition, lumbar spine, mass density, mixed drink, moderate alcohol consumption, moderate consumption, nutrition research centre, post menopausal, study participants, tufts university