Bone Density - Effects of Carbonated Drinks
The second biggest risk to drinking soda is the risk of losing bone density. In fact, there’s a very strong correlation between soda drinkers and the risk of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects both men and women, though due to testosterone’s impact on bone development it affects men less than women.
Osteoporosis is a disease that leads to significant bone loss and fragile bones. The spine and hips appear to be particularly fragile which can cause debilitating breaks.
Why does soda cause bone loss? The answer isn’t particularly clear. It used to be believed that the carbonation somehow depleted the bone tissue. However, studies with carbonated water haven’t shown bone loss.
It’s when men and women drink soft drinks like coke and Pepsi that they experience significant bone loss.
The average woman after the age of about 40 loses between two and five percent of their bone density each year.
Drink soda and you add another four percent onto that number which means that women can lose up to nine percent of their bone density each year.
It’s a fast track to a wheelchair and fractures of the hip and spine and can be deadly.
Doctors and scientists aren’t exactly sure why bone loss occurs with soda. There are a few theories.
They believe that people who drink soda are replacing other healthy beverages with soft drinks so instead of drinking milk, which has calcium and vitamin D – both bone building nutrients, they drink a soda.
Caffeine seems to play a role in bone depletion as does phosphorus which is found in many sodas.
Both caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages do cause bone loss but the ones with caffeine seem to cause more damage.
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