06 October 2006

Cola may weaken bones

Cola may contribute to lower bone mineral density in older women, which may in turn increase the risk of osteoporosis, experts report.

Cola may contribute to lower bone mineral density in older women, which may in turn increase the risk of osteoporosis. This is according to a report by dr Katherine Tucker, director of the Epidemiology and Dietary Assessment Program at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging at Tufts University, and colleagues in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

How the study was conducted
The researchers analysed 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.

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.

Other fizzy drinks seem safe
"However, we did not see an association with bone mineral density loss for women who drank carbonated beverages that were not cola," she said.

Results still preliminary
Tucker stresses that as with any epidemiological study, the results should be viewed with caution.

Osteoporosis Centre
Beverages Centre


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Ask the Expert

Healthy Bones

Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

Still have a question?

Get free advice from our panel of experts

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

* You must accept our condition

Forum Rules