Studying wrinkles of women can help assess bone health without the necessity of special x-rays, a recent study has revealed.
Dr. Lubna Pal, a reproductive endocrinologist and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, said that in post-menopausal women the extent of wrinkles in the first few years of menopause offers vital clues about bone health. If the skin has too many wrinkles, it is indicative of deteriorating bone health.
Both skin and bones are formed by a group of proteins called collagens. As we catch up with age, alterations in collagen show up as wrinkles and sagging skin. This may also be the reason for lower bone density.
Researchers also found that if the skin on the face and forehead is firm, it could be a sign of good bone health.