Swacked or Cracked

by Sheldon S. Zinberg, M.D.

In my last few chats, we talked about osteoporosis. Now there’s another study of interest I want to bring to your attention: I like to call this one Swacked (inebriated) or Cracked (our bones).  

At Oregon State University, a recent study indicated that alcohol consumption in postmenopausal women, mostly in the form of wine, can significantly improve bone health. The group studied showed that drinking 1 or 2 glasses of wine three or more days a week can significantly improve bone health. When they stopped drinking for 14 days, they showed a significant decrease in bone health; but remarkably, improvement was re-established within one or two days of resuming their alcohol consumption.

So what’s the take away in regard to alcohol?  In my opinion it’s mixed. While alcohol consumption may have a positive effect on bone metabolism and cardiovascular disease, it may also be associated with an increase in the incidence of breast cancer. Moreover, the best way to prevent fractures is not to fall. If you’re Swacked you are more prone to fall and get Cracked….everything in moderation.

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