If you are a soft drink lover, then you must be aware of its bad effects on your health.
But still, if you are a soft drink lover despite knowing its harmful causes, then you must now get serious about health and get rid of yourself from them as soon as possible.
A recent study has identified an association between consuming two soft drinks per day and an increased risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal women.
Osteoarthritis, which is characterized by progressively weak and brittle bones, predominantly affects older adults.
As Western populations age, therefore, the incidence of osteoporosis rises in step.
The condition affects around 200 million people worldwide. As a person’s bone mineral density becomes reduced, the risk of fractures increases.
In fact, according to the authors of the most recent study paper, globally, an osteoporotic fracture occurs every 3 seconds.
Although some of the primary risk factors for osteoporosis are unalterable, such as age and sex, some lifestyle habits also play a part.
A number of older studies have observed a link between consuming soft drinks and reduced bone mineral density in teenage girls.
However, other studies that specifically looked for an association between soda and osteoporosis have not identified a significant relationship. One study found links between cola intake and osteoporosis but did not see the same effect in relation to other sodas.
Because of these discrepancies, the authors of the latest paper set out to study the links between soft drinks and bone mineral density in the spine and hip. They also looked for a relationship between soda intake and the risk of hip fracture over a 16 year follow-up period.
To investigate, the scientists took data from the Women’s Health Initiative. This is an ongoing national study that involves 161,808 postmenopausal women. For the new analysis, the researchers used data from 72,342 of these participants.
As part of the study, the participants provided detailed health information and questionnaire data outlining lifestyle factors, including diet. Importantly, the diet questionnaire included questions about their intake of caffeinated and caffeine-free soft drinks.
During their analysis, the scientists accounted for a range of variables with the potential to impact the results, including age, ethnicity, education level, family income, body mass index (BMI), use of hormonal therapy and oral contraceptives, coffee intake, and history of falls.
As expected, they did observe a relationship between soda consumption and osteoporosis-related injury. The authors write:
“For total soda consumption, both minimally and fully adjusted survival models showed a 26% increased risk of hip fracture among women who drank on average 14 servings per week or more compared with no servings.”
The researchers explain that the association was only statistically significant for caffeine-free sodas, which produced a 32% increase in risk. Although the pattern was similar for caffeinated sodas, it did not reach statistical significance.
The study authors reiterate that the significant link was only present when comparing the women who drank the most soda — at least two drinks per day — with those who drank none. This, they explain, suggests “a threshold effect rather than a dose-response relationship.”