Researchers studied postmenopausal women who drank 14 servings of soda per week had a 26% increased risk of a hip fracture. What’s really interesting, however, is that the risk for those who drank about the same amount of caffeine-free soda jumped to 32%. Now, these groups drinking 2 servings per day were compared to women who drank no soda at all. But what’s also very interesting is that researchers did not find significant risks of a hip fracture if soda intake was less than the weekly 14 servings. So, by cutting out even a few servings per week, you could dramatically reduce your hip fracture risk.
Does This Prove That Too Much Soda Is Bad For Your Bones?
The short answer is: no, it doesn’t. This was not a controlled study, so there could be a myriad of other factors. However, I wouldn’t discount the impact carbonated drinks could have on your bones because this study is not alone. Other studies report similar findings. But, it could be because of other factors such as the sugar added to soda, which could affect mineral homeostasis and calcium balance. Or, carbonic acid could somehow be impacting how nutrients are absorbed. We simply need more information looking at the impact of sugar and other sweeteners on bone health before we form a conclusion.
How Can Women Prevent Hip Fractures?
The main thing for women to focus on is strengthening their bones. Hip fractures occur because of weak and brittle bones. So, make sure you’re getting enough calcium and Vitamin D. And, of course, a healthy diet and exercise regimen can go a long way. Exercise by walking, dancing, and even lifting weights. These exercises not only slow down bone loss but also build up your bones! I would also recommend limiting alcohol, avoiding smoking, and, if you’re drinking 2 or more cans of pop a day, consider cutting back some. Your bones will thank you!