BRCA Surgeries: Alcohol and Dem Bones.

Summer has arrived in style here. Gloomy weather has departed. Our backyard is an oasis of lush green calm where we sit each evening until well after the dinner hour. Only one night this week have we left Eden, and that was to attend an outdoor concert at a local golf club. As much as Jim and I are enjoying the bounty of summer in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon Ducks football season is on the horizon. Although we are rabid Duck fans, today I’m giving a nod to their rivals, the Oregon State Beavers. New research from OSU has found that post-menopausal women may be doing their bone density a favor by sipping a glass of wine or slurping a beer. Booze is good for bones? Sounds too good to be true.

In this morning’s Oregonian newspaper the research results are summarized. Click here if you want to read the article: http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2012/07/after_menopause_a_drink_or_two.html

The gist of the research is that moderate drinking (1 or 2 drinks per day) slows the complicated process of bone remodeling in post-menopausal women. Be careful though. Heavy drinking in any form has been proven to weaken bones beyond a shadow of a doubt. Still, this is good news for wine-loving women like me who went through menopause at an early age due to chemotherapy or for BRCA positive previvors who elect surgical menopause to reduce cancer risk. Heck, it is good news for all women who are past menopause.

I would toast these new findings with a glass of wine but I’m on the wagon until after next week’s surgery is just a memory. Oh well. Go Ducks! Go Beavers!

Lord Cotswold plays with both Beaver and Duck toys.