We’ve long known that sun damage and exposure to ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of wrinkles. Skin loses thickness as we age, meaning that any trauma to the dermal layer is more likely to linger.
While it’s well-established that these factors can cause wrinkles, new evidence suggests that lower bone density is also a predicator for wrinkles, and particularly in women.
Meanwhile, anti-aging pills, also referred to as Human Growth Hormone (HGH) releasers and supplements, have received much attention in medical circles, for their ability to treat a variety of aging symptoms, including lost muscle mass, even skin tone, and, notably, to reduce wrinkles.
Anti-aging pills can do many things, but can they increase bone density, and subsequently reduce wrinkles?
In a recent study, presented to the 2011 meeting of the American Society of Endocrinology in Boston, researchers studied 114 women, of whom all were within three years of their last menstrual period. The researchers studied the number of depth of their facial wrinkles, and their bone density at the hip, spine and heel, with X-ray and ultrasound.
The researchers also accounted for other factors for bone density, including age, race, body mass, and smoking habits. They found that the women with the least bone density had the worst wrinkles. And that the women with thicker skin had stronger bones.
The study, though currently unpublished in medical journals, concludes by suggesting that skin and bone tissue may share the same protein, type 1 collagen, and that the protein is lost, or at least decreases, during menopause.
While the findings are preliminary, they would account for lost collagen and an increase in wrinkles common in women around menopause. The researchers note that some wrinkles were more indicative of lost bone density than others, especially between the eyebrows, just above the nose.
More research is needed, of course. But the study raises the possibility not only that bone density and wrinkle formation might share the same cause, they might also share a solution. If a lack of type 1 collagen is responsible for wrinkles and bone density, would boosting the protein treat both?
In theory, yes. And it might come as no surprise that proponents of anti-aging supplements list a variety of benefits, among them being better skin tone, greater muscle mass, and, notably, fewer wrinkles.
Anti-aging pills are natural supplements consisting of amino acids, peptides and botanicals, many of which that have been used by civilizations in Europe and Asia for their energy-boosting qualities and ability to stimulate the sex drive. When combined, they’re designed encourage the pituitary gland to release growth hormone, the same hormone responsible for cell growth and regeneration.
HGH releasers encourage the body to produce hormones lost during menopause and the process of aging, therefore, it’s not a huge leap to suggest that they might also boost production of type 1 collagen – the same protein that could affect bone density and formation of wrinkles.
Among their purported benefits, users of HGH releasers report increased energy and improved results from exercise. Considering that resistance training is essential to bone health and thickness, this alone might increase bone density, and suggests that anti-aging supplements might reduce risk of osteoporosis.
Moreover, HGH supplements might reduce wrinkles with colostrum. That’s a form of milk produced by the mammary glands that may boost immunity, and increase bone density and lean muscle mass.
Keep in mind that wrinkles form for several reasons. Lifestyle, smoking and diet can all cause wrinkles and accelerate the aging process.
But it’s interesting to note the possible link between wrinkles and bone density, and that anti-aging pills might treat both.