Wrinkles and osteoporosis…

MedPage (by Fiore) reported, “In a cross-sectional analysis, having more wrinkles was associated with having lower bone mineral density (BMD; P<0.01),” according to research presented at a press briefing at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. In a study of 114 patients, researchers “found that more skin wrinkling was associated with having lower bone density at the spine, femoral neck, and total body (P<0.01 for all).” In addition, “having more glabellar wrinkles on the forehead was related to lower bone density at the femoral neck (P=0.033), while increasing skin rigidity at the face and the forehead was tied to stronger bones at the hip and spine (P<0.001).”

HealthDay (by Mozes) reported, “Because poor bone density can lead to broken bones, a link between wrinkles and bone density — if confirmed — might prompt development of an inexpensive way to identify postmenopausal women at highest risk for fractures,” the study authors theorized. The investigators pointed “out that a possible relationship between bone and skin health could be rooted in the fact that the two share the same building blocks — proteins called collagens.” And, “age-related collagen changes, they noted, could explain both the wrinkling and sagging of skin and a simultaneous deterioration of bone quality and quantity.”

Regardless of the outcome of future research into the association between wrinkles and osteoporosis, we must remind ourselves that the two most important causes of wrinkles are well known, indisputable and preventable : SMOKING and HEAVY SUN EXPOSURE.

Happy 2012 ! Think before discarding that request of donation from UNHCR (the United Nation Refugee Agency).

 

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