No Laughing Matter: Wrinkles and Bone Health Linked

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist Healthy LivingComments: 24

Mushed FaceCould it be that bone health is simply in the eyes of the beholder?

A new study seems to indicate as much. Postmenopausal women in their 40’s and 50’s with deep wrinkles on their face and/or neck had significantly lower bone density than women who did not.

Women who had undergone any cosmetic skin procedures or were taking hormone replacement therapy drugs were excluded from the study.

Skin firmness of the 114 study participants was measured with a device called a durometer.   Bone density was also analyzed using xrays.

The potential link between skin and bone health is not surprising given that skin and bone share common protein building blocks called collagens.   Aging contributes to collagen breakdown in the skin which leads to sagging and wrinkling.   These changes may potentially cause bone thinning as well.

Researchers noted the relationship between wrinkles and bone density in every single bone tested which included hip, heel, and lumbar (spine).   In addition, this relationship existed regardless of body fat percentage and age.

While this was a small study and more research is clearly needed, it does seem to indicate that problems with bone density can be identified much earlier and less expensively than previously thought.  A simple glance in the mirror may be all that is required to spur women to action that bone health is faltering.

Drugs to Prevent Bone Loss Don’t Work

If a woman is concerned about wrinkles and bone health, what is she to do?

Drugs to treat bone loss such as Fosamax and other biphosphenates have been shown to contribute to serious leg fractures and hip breaks leading doctors to rethink the long term drug approach to osteoporosis. Fosamax has even been shown to double the risk of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).

Clearly, diet instead of drugs is the preferable way to prevent bone loss – but which diet changes would be most effective?

Diet To Promote Bone Health and Smooth Skin!

In Traditional Societies, copious use of calcium and collagen rich bone broths in the making of soups and stews were used to prevent degeneration in older members.  In addition, revered foods such as bone marrow, fish eggs, grassfed butter, egg yolks, and organ meats were provided to ensure health and physical vitality well into old age.

With degenerative disease such as osteoporosis virtually unknown in these cultures, the focus on foods rich in fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K in the post childbearing years was clearly effective.

The bonus from consuming easily assimilated collagens from homemade bone broths and foods high in the fat soluble activators is smooth, healthy skin!   There is simply no need to treat wrinkles and bone loss with cosmetic procedures and drugs with dangerous side effects when simple changes to the diet can ensure beauty and health from the inside out!


Source:  No Joke! Laugh lines may reveal bone health

Long Term Use of Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Hip Breaks

Fosamax Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Condition

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Comments (24)

  • Elisabeth Carrozza Wilkins via Facebook

    Smokers are MUCH more likely to have deep wrinkles…and I believe smoking causes bone loss?? Did the study vet for that?

    July 6th, 2011 10:02 am Reply
  • Carolyn Miranda Wade via Facebook

    I GPRS to make me some bone broth

    July 6th, 2011 10:08 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    The link was independent of age, percentage of body fat and other factors known to influence bone density, Pal (researcher) said.

    July 6th, 2011 10:34 am Reply
  • D.

    The x-rays to determine bone density are a worry. X-rays are very damaging. Most x-ray machines are not regularly inspected (fire extinguishers are more closely monitored). Studies have shown a very high percentage of x-ray units deliver excessive amounts of radiation due to too large a beam. Also, in most states (other than CA) this equipment can be operated by anyone, they don’t have to be a “technician or a doctor”. Only a few medical entities even bother to license their x-ray folks. Office personnel, bookkeepers, etc., are used to give x-rays sometimes. They, being untrained, may deliver doses 100 times the amount of radiation required, thus exposing you to an increased threat of cancer or genetic damage, etc.

    I think I’ll just eat properly and hope my bones are benefitting.

    July 6th, 2011 11:49 am Reply
  • Heather

    I recently had some x-rays done and was told that I have Osteopenia … I am only 37 years old. It was a bit worrisome … I have been eating bone broth, grassfed butter, pastured eggs, FCLO etc and have been very consistent over the last year. I also recently found out that I am pregnant with my third child. Any ideas why I may have gotten Osteopenia so early and any advice on what I should be doing while I am pregnant??
    Great post!

    July 6th, 2011 11:56 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      A year is not very long in the grand scheme of things. I would add butter oil to your FCLO dosage and perhaps have your vitamin D levels checked. FCLO alone may not be enough to keep vit D in the optimal range. YOu may need sun and/or fish eggs. I know for me personally, I need to get quite a bit of sun along with my FCLO to keep vit D levels normal.

      July 6th, 2011 12:09 pm Reply
      • Erica

        Hi Sarah,

        Is lard good as a staple for vitamin D along with CLO, eggs, ect?

        July 6th, 2011 7:05 pm Reply
        • Erica

          From pasture raised lard that is.

          July 6th, 2011 7:05 pm Reply
          • Erica

            *pigs :)

            July 6th, 2011 7:07 pm
        • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Lard is an excellent source of Vitamin D. Not nearly as high as FCLO and fish eggs though.

          July 6th, 2011 7:12 pm Reply
  • Christy, The Simple Homemaker

    Interesting. Thank you!

    July 6th, 2011 12:21 pm Reply
  • Lucythechiro

    Sarah, thank you for a great article. As a Chiropractor I am often faced with the case of telling patients that they have Osteopenia ( after careful use of digital X-ray of which I am fully trained and licensed in). The discussion often leads me to remind them that their diet and weight bearing exercise goes a long way to healthy bone density, along with a properly aligned subluxation free spine. I will be reposting this with your permission if I may.

    July 6th, 2011 12:36 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Lucy – of course, please do repost. :)

      July 6th, 2011 4:41 pm Reply
  • Crunchy Pickle

    You know, I have noticed that your skin looks very smooth and glowing when I have watched your videos. It must be your broths, FCLO, and fish eggs! :)

    July 6th, 2011 2:14 pm Reply
  • Marie Kuby (@Timeless51) (@Timeless51)

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    July 6th, 2011 3:01 pm Reply
  • tina

    Sarah – How old are you? Don’t answer if you don’t want to…

    July 6th, 2011 3:55 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I don’t like to post specific personal info on the internet for obvious reasons, but I will officially be in my late 40’s in a few weeks! :) My husband says I look better now than when he met me in my early 20’s and if that’s true (hopefully he’s not just giving me a line LOL) I have no doubt that it’s diet that has played a key role there.

      July 6th, 2011 4:44 pm Reply
  • tina

    You look fabulous! I’m in my early forties and I look good and young if I do so say myself :)

    July 6th, 2011 4:56 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Though, I have to say that at my age I am more interested in how I feel than how I look!

      July 6th, 2011 5:41 pm Reply
  • Sherry Tesmer (@beautyole)

    No Laughing Matter: Wrinkles and Bone Health Linked – The Healthy …: There is simply no need to treat wrinkles…

    July 6th, 2011 9:42 pm Reply
  • Marci J (@MarciJordan)

    Could it be that bone health is simply in the eyes of the beholder? A new study seems to indicate as much. Postm…

    July 6th, 2011 11:35 pm Reply
  • Dorothy

    Something that has helped me with my skin, and I hope with my bones, is taking diatomaceous earth. I take a tablespoon with some liquid most mornings. It’s great for re-building bones, skin, teeth, connective tissues, hair, nails, etc. because it’s so high in silicon. One source for it and a description of all its benefits can be found at

    July 7th, 2011 5:02 pm Reply
  • The Nourished Nana via Facebook

    Once again, I’m sharing your post on my Facebook page!

    July 8th, 2011 11:32 pm Reply
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