A new study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research reveals that a combination of exercise and staying away from alcohol for eight weeks could reduce risk of bone fractures due to osteoporosis by reversing bone loss suffered as a result of addiction.
Recent studies have shown a link between alcoholism and osteoporosis and researchers at Medical University Innsbruck, Austria conducted a study among 53 male adults between 21 and 50 years of age who suffered from lower bone mineral density.
The participants were checked whether abstaining from alcohol improved their BMD levels and researchers found that the imbalance in level of bone formation and resorption improved among those who abstained from alcohol.
"This study contributes to our understanding of various deteriorating effects of long-term consumption of high amounts of alcohol on the human body. We can see that even bone tissue which is often - and wrongly - perceived as inert, can be affected by alcoholism. It would seem that a combination of direct toxic effects of alcohol and its metabolites on bone tissue turnover as well as lifestyle factors, such as low physical activity, may play a significant role", Sergei Mechtcheriakov, who worked on the study, said.