Healthy bones

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Age­ing With At­ti­tude -

Keep­ing our bones in good shape is es­sen­tial for age­ing well; good mus­cle mass helps us re­tain in­de­pen­dence, flex­i­bil­ity and bal­ance as we go about our daily tasks. Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and a healthy diet all con­trib­ute to­wards main­tain­ing good bone health. How­ever, re­search has found drink­ing too much al­co­hol can con­trib­ute to­wards fur­ther loss of mus­cle mass and strength in post-menopausal women. The study, car­ried out by re­searchers at Seoul Univer­sity in South Korea, in­volved 2,400 post-menopausal women, aver­age age 62. It found rates of a con­di­tion fea­tur­ing loss of mus­cle mass and strength, called sar­cope­nia, were nearly four times higher among high-risk drinkers than among low-risk drinkers. Women in the high-risk group were also more likely to smoke and have higher blood pres­sure and to­tal choles­terol.

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