Can women take bone density at face value?

COLLAGEN is found in bone as well as skin and so facial wrinkles may reveal fracture risk “at a glance” without dependence on costly tests, US researchers say.

They scored 114 women, in early menopause and without a history of cosmetic skin procedures, for wrinkles on the face and neck. Skin firmness was also measured.

Those who scored highest for wrinkles were found to return the lowest results in bone density tests at the hip, lumbar spine and heel.

“In postmenopausal women, the appearance of the skin may offer a glimpse of the skeletal wellbeing, a relationship not previously described,” the researchers said in a statement.

The results were presented at the Endocrine Society’s 93rd annual meeting, in Boston, last week.