Here is a welcome bit of research for elderly ladies who like the odd tipple!
“Wine drinkers have a lower risk of fractures”
It comes from that rather dubious source of serious research – The University of California (see my earlier blog entitled “Expensive Cure.” by clicking on April 2013 in the Archive box)
They studied 115,000 women between the ages of 50 and 70 and compared the effect of different types of alcohol on the risk of developing a hip fracture. Presumably they did not study the 80 and 90 year olds because they either fall down too much anyway, or are sitting down most of the time in front of the tele.
Happily their results showed women who preferred wine had a 22% lower risk than non drinkers. Of course this had nothing to do with the fact that they were also sitting down in front of the tele while having a quiet drink.
Perhaps not so surprisingly spirit drinkers didn’t do quite so well, they only had a 13% lower risk of falling than non-drinkers. Most likely it is the late night clubbing and wild dancing that has them falling over. 🙂
From this research it is the non-drinkers we need to worry about most. They are obviously regularly falling down and most at risk. Got to watch out for those non- drinkers — far too respectable.
If the Californian Government takes note of this research, they will probably put wine on prescription to promote it as an answer to the National Falls Prevention Programme.