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Wrinkles may indicate risk of bone fracture

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Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

06-08-11

June 07–NEW HAVEN — A woman with severe facial wrinkling might also be at higher risk of brittle bones, according to researchers at the Yale School of Medicine.

Lubna Pal, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, is presenting her findings today to the Endocrine Society in Boston.

“Skin and bones share common building blocks — proteins — and aging is accompanied by changes in skin and deterioration of bone quantity and quality,” said Pal in a statement.

The researchers studied a group of 114 early menopausal women, all within three years of their last menstrual period who are enrolled in the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study. They examined wrinkles at 11 places on the face and neck using a pictoral scale and assessed skin rigidity at the forehead and cheek.

“We found that deepening and worsening skin wrinkles are related to lower bone density among the study participants,” said Pal, who is director of the Reproductive Aging and Bone Health Program at Yale. “The worse the wrinkles, the lesser the bone density, and this relationship was independent of age or of factors known to influence bone mass.”

Those women whose skin measured as more rigid had better bone density, the study found.

“Our findings that the appearance and physical properties of the skin can reflect the quality of the skeleton are noteworthy because this may allow clinicians to identify fracture risk in postmenopausal women ‘at a glance’ without depending on costly tests,” said Pal.

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