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Binge drinking in teenage years causes osteoporosis and fractures in old age

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Drinking like a fish is not good for the health of teenagers and leads to osteoporosis and bone fractures in the later years of life, reports www.dailymail.co.uk. This conclusion has been derived from a research conducted by researchers at Loyola University Health System, Chicago on rats.

The research findings have been published in Journal of Alcohol and Alcoholism shows that the genes that form bones in rats suffered long lasting disruptions as a result of intake of large quantities of alcohol.

The researchers claim that although the research has been done on rats, the condition may be the same for humans.

According to www.sciencedaily.com, obstruction in buildup of bone mass during teenage leads to osteoporosis, as the bone mass decreases as we age. Binge drinking has direct effect on genes.

The rats used as subjects for the study were exposed to heavy quantities of alcohol for three days for four weeks and the results on these rats were compared to those that were given saline solution.

This research will be particularly helpful in development of drugs that can reduce the amount of bone loss in people whose intake of alcohol is more.

Bone biologist John Callaci is of the view that it is important to understand how bone loss happens and says “if we understand the mechanism of bone loss, eventually we will be able to figure out how to fix it.”

Celebrities suffering from osteoporosis include TV personality Joan Rivers, who has been trying to raise awareness about the condition since her diagnosis.

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