Teenage Binge Drinkers May Be Putting Themselves at Risk For Future Osteoporosis

July 22, 2010 CADCA.org reports on teenage binge drinking in a public health data analysis. Binge-drinking teenagers may be putting themselves at risk for future osteoporosis and bone fractures, according to researchers at Loyola University Health System. The new study found binge drinking disrupts genes involved in the bone formation of rats. The study is published in the July-August issue of the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Bone biologist John Callaci, PhD, one of the principle researchers in the study, cautioned that data from animals don’t directly translate to people, but the findings suggest that this could be a problem with humans. Bone mass is lost throughout adult life as part of the aging process. Thus, anything that inhibits the build up of bone mass during the critical years of adolescence and young adulthood could increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures in later life.

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