Alcoholism Risks Osteroporosis

Alcoholism and OsteoporosisOsteoporosis is a disease which causes a reduction in the victim’s bone density. Bones get smaller and weaker which elevates the risk of breaks and fractures. This is an especially serious risk in older people when broken bones can cause severe reductions in mobility and extreme pain after even minor falls.

Extensive alcohol consumption causes a reduction in bone health and also increases the risk of breakages by negatively affecting coordination – alcoholics often tend to fall down more often than lighter drinkers or sober individuals.

Long term heavy drinking can cause osteoporosis in alcoholics by reducing the body’s production of vitamin D which is essential for calcium uptake. It also alters hormone levels, reducing testosterone in men and oestrogen in women, which are also associated with increased osteoporosis risk. Many alcoholics have a higher than normal level of a stress hormone called cortisol, which is harmful to bone health. Alcohol also increases the body’s production of parathyroid hormone which affects calcium levels and further harms the skeletal structure.

Generally the best solution to reduce alcohol-related issues with bone density is to stop consuming alcohol. For addicts, comprehensive alcohol treatment and private alcohol rehab programmes are comparatively easy to locate for assistance. Alcoholics who undergo full alcohol detox and stop drinking entirely after an alcoholism rehabilitation programme often see increased bone health and can even see lost bone regrow.

Additional factors which can reduce the risk of osteoporosis include undertaking weight bearing exercise, quitting smoking (which is also harmful to bone health) and eating well by ensuring a good balance of vitamin D and calcium each day with a combination of dairy products and green leafy vegetables.

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