Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by thinning bones and increased fractures. It’s typically experienced by women after menopause, but can earlier in life and may affect men as well.
“Alcohol has multiple effects on calcium,” Primal Kaur, MD, an osteoporosis specialist at Temple University Health System in Philadelphia, told Web MD. “The bones deteriorate because not enough calcium is getting into bones — and the body is leaching it away from bones.”
“Alcohol interferes with the pancreas and its absorption of calcium and vitamin D. Alcohol also affects the liver, which is important for activating vitamin D — which is also important for calcium absorption.” .
Alcohol also affects hormone balance, decreasing estrogen to dangerously low levels. Estrogen is important for bone maintenance and density, which is just another reason why you should skip out on your second glass of pinot noir.Other hormones at play include cortisol and the parathyroid hormone, which increase with regular alcohol consumption and both increase calcium leaching and bone loss.