Sarcopenia and alcohol consumption.
Sarcopenia is the natural process of muscle tissue loss during aging in woman. It has been associated with alcohol consumption among women in the years following menopause according to a new study.
In a fully adjusted model, postmenopausal women who consumed the highest levels of alcohol had over four-fold increased odds of developing sarcopenia compared to those who drank the least. There is an adverse link between postmenopausal health and consumption of alcohol. This study suggests that postmenopausal women limit their alcohol intake to improve health as they age.
"Postmenopausal have lower estrogen levels due to menopause. Heavy use of alcohol in this group of women led to more muscle wasting, less strength and poorer physical performance. Exercise, and possibly postmenopausal estrogen, may play a beneficial role in maintaining muscle mass," JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, executive director of The North American Menopause Society, told MedPage Today in an interview."
Researchers in the study found the associated risk to be higher among postmenopausal women with other adverse health outcomes or lifestyle behaviors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking.
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