Most of us don’t think twice about popping open a Coke or Pepsi daily, or even more often. Now women may have to be more careful about their cola intake. A recent study confirmed that females (regardless of age) who regularly consume cola beverages at least four a week – increases the risk for osteoporosis.
Researchers found that the risk was elevated for all women who had this habit, whether or not they regularly get calcium in their diet. For some reason, this does not apply to men or for other carbonated, non-cola beverages consumed.
Lower bone mineral density can lead to more frequent bone breaks, especially later in life, when hip fractures are not uncommon. When a bone like the hip is fractured, this can be dangerous and could cause permanent disability or even death. Spinal fractures also carry a high risk.
Researchers are not exactly sure why cola beverages weaken bones. They suspect it may be the phosphoric acid. When drinking colas, the phosphorus binds to the calcium, so the body can’t absorb it.
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects 28 million Americans today. Females are four times more likely to develop it than men.
So be smart if you’re female, reduce your consumption of cola beverages to 2 or 3 times a week for better bone health. Instead, drink more clear sodas, milk and water. Other lifestyle changes that may help include weight-bearing exercises, consuming calcium and vitamin D, and avoiding excess alcohol.