They may not be able to tell you the winning lottery numbers or what the weather forecast is but, according to new research, facial wrinkles may be able to predict bone density in the early stages of menopause.
In the study, 114 women in their late 40s and early 50s received scores for the number of sites and depth of their face and neck wrinkles. Participants were also measured for skin firmness and bone density. Research revealed a significant relationship between the wrinkle score and bone density measurements-the worse the wrinkles were, the lower the bone density measured. Firmer skin was shown to relate to greater bone density. Researchers caution that additional studies are necessary to further clarify the relationship between wrinkles and bone density, but they are hopeful this information may be used in the future to help determine women who may be at greater risk for age-related bone fractures.
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