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Wrinkles – we all hate them and can't wait to get rid of them. According to a recent study, however, these wrinkles are not just dissatisfying to look at; they are also being used to indicate bone health. A study done at the Yale School of Medicine with 114 women in their late 40s and early 50s has shown that women with more wrinkles also have weaker bones. This is explained when it is taken into consideration that bones and skin both have collagen in them, so if skin is less firm with less collagen, the bones underneath will also be less dense.  

[Link Removed] : "The researchers gave each woman a score for her face and neck wrinkles based on the number of sites with wrinkles and on the depth of the wrinkles. They also measured the firmness of the skin on the women's foreheads and cheeks with a device called a durometer, and measured their bone densities with an X-ray analysis."

It is, however, important to remember that this study is still in its infancies and that nothing has been proven yet. After reviewing the study, Dr. Elton Strauss, chief of orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine, told [Link Removed] :

“People who have skin wrinkles usually spend a lot of time in the sun. And that promotes the development of a lot of vitamin D, which is good for bone health. So I would have thought we might see just the opposite effect ... This is just the beginning of something — maybe. But I don’t think you can hang your hat on it."

Wrinkles have always annoyed women, and now there may possibly be new evidence that claims that wrinkles are signs of decreased bone health. This study is not yet definite, though, and women should be aware of this, but should also know that there is no need to keep wrinkles exposed. The doctors at the Yale School of Medicine claim that this is preliminary data, so this does not mean that women can't cover up their wrinkles with the wide array of beauty products that are available these days. We should not be disregarding the fact that bone health deteriorates, but instead using this new data as a reminder to continually take care of ourselves, inside and out.

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