A glass or two of wine could help to protect older women from the risk of thinning bones, a new study reveals. The risk of developing osteoporosis is greater amongst those who abstain from alcohol.
Experts from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research analysed a study by the University of Oregon, which concluded modest drinking of alcohol could help to prevent bones deteriorating.
Health Care Today reported the findings showed a glass or two of wine could be as helpful as drugs which women take to prevent thinning bones, stating “The results suggest an effect of moderate alcohol consumption similar to the effects of bisphosphonates.”
The Telegraph reported the study was based on 40 healthy postmenopausal women aged around 56. Analysis revealed they experienced less bone loss when they drank two small glasses of wine daily, but when they subsequently abstained bone loss increased.
Sarah Leyland from the National Osteoporosis Society advised caution should be taken, saying “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."