What is the link between wrinkles and bone health?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Your skin is the bag that holds all of you together, and your bones give you stability and protection, but there is more of a link between skin, bones and your health than meets the eye. It turns out that women with wrinkles are more likely to have weak bones.

Yale researchers found that the more wrinkles women had, the lower their bone density. That tough protein called collagen is important in both the skin and the bone. Collagen makes up most of the substance of the skin. But as we age, the collagen can get so thin that you can see through it. Bone collagen is much more difficult to understand and to measure. But low collagen levels in the bone may well increase your risk for fractures.

Continue Learning about Aging, Bone & Joint Conditions

How can older women promote bone health?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
To protect against bone loss, women in their forties should have their vitamin-D levels checked wit...
More Answers
How much calcium do older adults need for good bone health?
Eric OlsenEric Olsen
Dietary calcium is an important part of good bone health. The National Osteoporosis Foundation r...
More Answers
Is Your Back Pain Osteoarthritis?
Is Your Back Pain Osteoarthritis?
Does Osteoarthritis Occur Automatically as We Age?
Does Osteoarthritis Occur Automatically as We Age?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.