Cola Increases Risk of Osteoporis

Findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that cola may contribute to lower bone mineral density in older women, a condition which increases risk for osteoporosis.

Researchers analyzed dietary questionnaires and bone mineral density measurements at the spine and three different hip sites of more than 2,500 people in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study whose average age was just below 60. In women, cola consumption was associated with lower bone mineral density at all three hip sites, regardless of factors such as age, menopausal status, total calcium and vitamin D intake, or use of cigarettes or alcohol.

However, cola consumption was not associated with lower bone mineral density for men at the hip sites, or the spine for either men or women. The results were similar for diet cola and, although weaker, for decaffeinated cola as well.

The authors note that carbonated soft-drink consumption increased more than three-fold" between 1960 and 1990.

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