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Soft Drinks and Osteoporosis: Is There a Link?
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.
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!
megmo84 responded:
Would you consider one 12-oz diet cola per day a danger? Assume one is getting adequate calcium.

Thank you!
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!
megmo84 replied to bonebabe's response:
Comforting news. What would we do without our diet cokes?!?

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