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Binge drinking in teenage may affect girls' bone mass

IANS  |  New York 

Girls who binge on alcohol may fail to reach their peak mass, increasing their risk of fractures in adulthood as well as -- a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, according to researchers.

Up to 90 per cent of peak is acquired by age 18 in girls and by 20 in boys, which makes youth the best time to "invest" in one's health.

However, the findings showed that regularly lowered bone in girls' spine.

This was true even when researchers accounted for other factors that affect bone density -- such as exercise, nutrition and smoking habits.

"When we consider bone health, we always talk about things like exercise, calcium and vitamin D, and not smoking. We may also need to talk about avoiding binge drinking," said Joseph LaBrie, at in Los Angeles, US.

LaBrie noted that anything that keeps a young woman from reaching her peak bone will probably raise her odds of developing years down the road.

is a characterised by low bone mineral density (BMD) that primarily affects postmenopausal women and failure to reach peak bone mass in early adulthood might be one reason for the condition.

"This study identifies a potential lifetime consequence of in young women," LaBrie noted.

For the study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, the team included nearly 100 college women, aged between 18 to 20 years.

The study expands previous research linking heavy drinking to lower bone mass and higher fracture risk in older adults, suggesting that later in life bone issues may be linked to drinking early in life.

Previous animal research has suggested that alcohol hinders the healthy development of young bones.



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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 16:24 IST