, bone density
As we’ve all been made painfully aware thanks to lady mags and Hollywood, wrinkles are a horrible indicator of age and something that no one should ever want or have. Now, could it be that your wrinkles are caused by weak bones? Maybe.
Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine studied 114 women in their late 40s and early 50s who were in early menopause and had never had plastic surgery.
The researchers gave each woman a score for her face and neck wrinkles, based on the number of places with wrinkles and the depth of the wrinkles. The researchers also measured the firmness of the skin on the women’s foreheads and cheeks, with a device called a durometer. Their bone densities were measured via X-ray analysis.
The study found that the worse the wrinkles, the lower the bone density. The results were the same even when factors that influence bone health – like age and percentage of body fat – were taken into consideration.
The doctors who conducted the study stressed, however, that this is preliminary – but that likely won’t stop magazines from reporting on the “new danger” caused by wrinkles. So, if you see a sudden influx of advertisements for anti-wrinkle creams, take them with a grain of salt!