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Light drinking, good daily habits reduce risks of osteoporosis: study

All Headlines 09:33 July 07, 2017

SEOUL, July 7 (Yonhap) -- Light drinking helps reduce risks of osteoporosis for women, South Korean medical researchers said Friday, although such results were more likely linked to the daily habits of women who consume alcohol.

The research team analyzed 3,312 postmenopausal women who had participated in the 2008-2010 national health-nutrition survey and found that women who drink lightly two to three times a week had the highest bone mineral density, a key measurement for osteoporosis, compared with those who drink more or those who do not drink at all.

Specifically, heavy drinkers were 1.68 times more at risk of suffering from osteoporosis than the light drinkers. Women who do not drink were 1.7 times more at risk, according to the team's study that was published in the latest issue of the medical journal Plos One.

The average age of women in the research was 62.6.

But the researchers said the results shouldn't be understood as alcohol reducing the risks of osteoporosis.

"When comparing the daily life habits of the women in the study, we found that women who drink in small portions tended to exercise regularly, consume nutrients that are good for the bones and are more socio-economically active, which probably helped prevent osteoporosis," said Chang Hae-dong of Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital Seoul, a participant in the study.
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