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Is There An Association Between Wrinkles And Bone Density?

July 17, 2011

A recent study presented at the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society explored the association between bone mineral density and skin wrinkling.  Dr. Lubna Pal, a reproductive endocrinologist and professor at Yale School of Medicine, scored 144 postmenopausal women’s face and neck wrinkles (based on the number of sites and depth).  Bone mineral density was measured with DEXA, or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry.

Dr. Pal and her associates found a significant association between wrinkle severity and bone density  More severe wrinkling was associated with lower bone density.  “In postmenopausal women, the appearance of the skin may offer a glimpse at the skeletal well-being, a relationship not previously described.  This information may allow the possibility of identifying postmenopausal women at fracture risk at a glance without dependence on costly tests”.

One common denominator between skin and bone is collagen.  Changes in collagen with age may affect both areas.

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