New Haven, Connecticut, the appearance of wrinkles on the face not only impact on one’s appearance, but also related to bone health. More and more wrinkles, brittle bones that tend to be more susceptible to injury particularly fractures.
Wrinkles itself is not a trigger of brittle bones, but experts from Yale School of Medicine revealed that the two are closely related. If true, then a variety of bone problems, including osteoporosis can be predicted more easily than the number of wrinkles on the face.
“We believe that the bones and skin have the same network structure. The relationship between the two would be more obvious in women who entered menopause,” said one researcher, Dr. Pal Lubma as quoted from HealthDay.
According to Dr Pal, skin and bones together have the structure built by a protein called collagen. One of the functions of these proteins is to help maintain the density and the density of tissue-forming cells, both in skin and bone.
If the levels of collagen in the skin is reduced, the effect is skin becomes wrinkled and sagging inclined. While in the bone, causing thinning of collagen reduced so that bones become brittle and easily cracked or broken.
Research conducted by Dr Pal and his team showed, the examination of collagen in the skin can be used to estimate the density of bone tissue. Checking the skin certainly easier and safer than bone, because it is on the surface of the body.
In that study, Dr Pal involving 114 women at the age of menopause is between 40-50 years. According to data from the Arthritis Foundation, 50 percent bone loss occurs around menopause, so the character is considered to adequately represent the participants.
Dr Pal using a special instrument called a durometer to check the levels of collagen and wrinkles in 11 points in the face. Meanwhile, to observe the bone mass density, Dr Pal using the latest technology that is Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA).
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