It’s not always that post-menopausal women get a break. I lie, they are prone to breaks. Broken bones, that is, from osteoporosis, or thin bones.
However, a recent review has produced some fabulous conclusions. Drinking wine reduces the risk of hip fracture. Yes, that means women who drink wine are less likely to break their hips than women who don’t drink wine, women who drink infrequently, and women who drink beer or spirits. I’ll toast to that!
For more information on preventing osteoporosis beyond enjoying your Chardonnay, see the Osteoporosis Foundation website. Don’t forget, drink in moderation only (1 glass of wine a day at the most), and keep in mind that alcohol increases the risk of cancers such as breast cancer.
Carolyn is a Sydney-based GP and acupuncturist/Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner who has devoted her career to finding the evidence for health and happiness. She was the first practising medical doctor in Australia to also qualify as a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. She is a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and the Chair of the Integrative Medicine Working Group at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Her previous work on acupuncture for menopause was published in a high-impact internal medicine journal. She has appeared on radio and on national television. Carolyn continues to work as a clinician alongside her research work, and is on a journey to find the best way to combine a career and family. She moved in early 2016 from Melbourne to the Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband and two young children, and enjoys running, high-intensity-interval training, goal-setting, and the occasional eating of cupcakes.