Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Soft Drinks and Osteoporosis: Is There a Link?
avatar
NATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION
Susan Randall, RN, FNP-BC, MSN posted:
Many of us enjoy the taste of a soft drink or soda. Others like the caffeine boost they get from soft drinks. Some studies suggest that colas, but not other soft drinks, are associated with bone loss. While more research will help us to better understand the link between soft drinks and bone health, here is what we know:

The carbonation in soft drinks does not cause any harm to bone. The caffeine and phosphorous commonly found in colas may contribute to bone loss. Like calcium, phosphorous is a part of the bones. It is listed as an ingredient in colas, some other soft drinks and processed foods as "phosphate" or "phosphoric acid."

Some experts say that Americans get too much phosphorous, while others believe that it is not a problem as long as people get enough calcium. The greatest harm to bone may actually be caused when people choose soft drinks over milk and calcium-fortified beverages.

Summary: For bone health and overall health, it is best not to drink too many soft drinks, especially colas.
Reply
 
avatar
cococy responded:
Some years ago my sister was dx with osteopoenia and I had read about a connection between drinking colas when young/bone loss. I felt I was safe as I'd never been fond of colas and rarely drank them when young. However, she still has osteopoenia and I am the one with the T8 compression fracture. Go figure!
 
avatar
megmo84 responded:
Would you consider one 12-oz diet cola per day a danger? Assume one is getting adequate calcium.

Thank you!
~Megmo84
 
avatar
bonebabe replied to megmo84's response:
I do exactly that same thing. Every day at work for lunch I have a 12 oz Diet Coke. I don't stress over this and I enjoy my Coke!
 
avatar
megmo84 replied to bonebabe's response:
Comforting news. What would we do without our diet cokes?!?


Helpful Tips

Great product for arthritis pain sufferers
For two years, I was suffering with pain in my left arm. In addition, I grew a bone spur on my left foot. The doctor diagnosed me with ... More
Was this Helpful?
2 of 2 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website