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Soft Drinks Hurt Bones

Thursday, 30 October 2008 13:45

Girls who drink carbonated beverages have a heightened risk of fracture,  according to a report in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine by Dr. Grace Wyshak.  The study tracked 460, 9th- and 10th-grade girls. Subjects completed questionnaires detailing physical activity, behavioral habits, carbonated beverage consumption and history of bone fracture.  Findings revealed that girls who drank carbonated beverages had 3.14 times the risk of fracture, compared with their peers who did not drink soda. These results were especially pronounced among physically active girls who drank cola. Specifically, drinking cola boosted the risk of fracture by nearly five-fold in active girls. Experts speculate that the abundance of phosphorus in cola inhibits calcium metabolism, in turn weakening bones and predisposing them to fracture.

Wyshak G.  Teenaged girls, carbonated beverage consumption, and bone fractures   Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000 (Jun);   154 (6):   610-613