Osteoporosis in smokers and drinkers

Osteoporosis in smokers and drinkers

“Alcohol abuse and smoking are the two major causes of osteoporosis in men.  There is a wealth of evidence that shows alcohol abuse may decrease bone density and lead to an increase in fractures”
Orthopaedician Dr D.K Sharma

“The most common causes of osteoporosis in men include exposure to steroid medications, alcohol abuse, smoking, gastrointestinal disease, lack of appropriate exercises and low levels of testosterone”
Orthopedic specialist Dr Deepak R Jaju

Quitting alcohol rebuilds bone strength and testosterone
Researchers found that the low bone mineral density (BMD) in alcohol-dependent men starts to reverse once they stop drinking alcohol.  Improvements were measured in the lumbar spine, the femoral neck and total hip once alcohol was removed from the diet and exercise was introduced.  An interesting side note was that their testosterone levels also improved once they gave up the booze.  Osteoporosis is common in alcoholism, as part of a devastated liver and an overly-acidic system. 

The biggest causes of osteoporosis according to some specialists are simply; smoking, drinking alcohol and a lack of healthy sun exposure.

Simple tips to strengthen your bones

  1. Avoid alcohol and smoking
  2. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  3. Play and exercise every day
  4. Avoid processed foods and takeaways
  5. Get vitamin D from the sun and food
  6. Avoid soft/cola/fizzy/soda drinks
  7. Get calcium from healthy plant foods
  8. Avoid coffee
  9. Stretch

Study by Malik P, et al “Markers of bone resorption and formation during abstinence in male alcoholic patients” as published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2012; DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01834.x.  As reported by MedPage Today on September 18, 2012.  Also as reported by The Times of India on October 21, 2012.


Posted: Sunday 24 February 2013