To Fight Bone Loss, Drink ... Wine

Study finds two glasses a night can help stave off osteoporosis
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2012 10:44 AM CDT
A sensible amount of wine will help keep a woman's bones healthy, a new study suggests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Move over, milk, there's a more fun drink that helps keep women's bones healthy as they get older: wine. Drinking the equivalent of two small glasses of wine each day helps post-menopausal women retain old bone, making their bones stronger overall and helping to fend off osteoporosis, according to a new study.

The study found that when post-menopausal women drank, their bone turnover rate decreased—and that when they stopped drinking, it increased, according to the Daily Mail. Alcohol was so effective at this that it rivaled popular bisphosphonate drugs. Still, a representative of the National Osteoporosis Society warned women against going too wild, lest they tipsily hurt themselves. "Excessive alcohol increases the risk of fractures," she says, "as well as increasing the risk of falls." (Read more menopause stories.)

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