Post-menopausal women with toxic friendships or a failed marriage are ‘more likely to break their BONES’ because the stress weakens their skeleton
- The stress of negative relationships leads to a loss of bone density, study shows
- It made the largest impact on the hips, lower back and neck
- Researchers said it’s likely because bone-strengthening hormones are altered
- Stress beyond a person’s ability to cope has been linked to chronic disease
By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline and Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 18:30 EDT, 9 July 2019 | Updated: 02:12 EDT, 10 July 2019
Martial breakdown and bereavement could trigger brittle bone fractures in middle-aged women, researchers have discovered.
They found women who suffered extreme emotional stress were more likely to suffer from weakened bones.
The researchers at the University of Arizona believe stress causes fluctuations of hormones which can result in loss of bone density – leaving women vulnerable to breaks from even minor falls.
Middle-aged women with toxic friendships are more likely to break their bones, scientists at University of Arizona have said on the back of study findings
One in three women and one in five men aged over 50 will suffer a fragility fracture at some point in their lifetime.
Osteoporosis, the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly, is a disease in which bones become brittle and weak as the body loses more bone mass than it can rebuild. It affects more than three million people in the UK, and 500,000 people suffer fragility fractures every year.
Usually there are no symptoms before a break, which often happens spontaneously or from something as harmless as a hug.
The researchers at the University of Arizona believe stress causes fluctuations of hormones which can result in loss of bone density – leaving women vulnerable to breaks from even minor falls
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