While that may be true, the exact cause has widely held different opinions.
Herein lies the conundrum:
Caffeine may decrease the absorption of calcium .So don’t pop your calcium with your Coke.
Phosphoric acid is in all sodas and has been thought to have been a contributing factor to thin bones, but studies haven’t really proven it.
If you are drinking lots of soda throughout the day, you are probably not drinking healthier drinks such as milk and calcium fortified OJ, but are milk and OJ really that good for you?
Milk contains a lot of hormones that were given to the cow, and may be contributing to precocious puberty and an increased risk of breast cancer. Interestingly enough, China has a low consumption of dairy and a lower incidence of breast cancer! Also OJ is very acidic, and if you read The China Study, they say that a high acid diet contributes to thin bones, not to mention chronic diseases and Cancer.
If a person is drinking a lot of soda throughout the day (what is a lot, you may ask? I will cover that in my next post), then we could take it a step further and quite possibly conclude that that person is consuming the SAD (Standard American Diet). The Standard American Diet is fast food, processed food, and to quote Dr. Mark Hyman, ” Franken Food“, and that is contributing to our health epidemic. Now, that is sad, isn’t it?
So now let’s take this person who consumes soda and “Franken Food“, and think, are they getting 30 minutes of sustained weight bearing exercise a week? It’s doubtful!
And finally, this typical American probably has GERD (Aka, reflux or heartburn), and takes one of the various proton pump inhibitors, like Prilosec or Nexium. These drugs cause poor absorption of dietary nutrients, calcium and Vitamin D included. Taken long term these drugs can cause other health problems, too.
So, does drinking soda cause Osteoporosis? Not exactly, but it is part of an unhealthy lifestyle in general that can and will cause a cascade of other health problems. Think about that the next time you reach for a beverage. Or “think before you drink”.
Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley