You may not realize that consuming caffeine on a regular basis can lead to the bone-destroying disease, osteoporosis, which largely affects older women.
The majority of the caffeine we consume in America is from drinking coffee and sodas. While coffee has a few health benefits and can be easily switched to decaffeinated, sodas are something we should definitely do without.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones lose their density and strength and makes a person more susceptible to bone fractures that would normally not affect someone without the disease. Particularly with the elderly, they may fall due to increased physical instability, vision problems, or other ailments and break their wrist, hip, back or one of their ribs. They may also start to develop a hunchback posture.
Risk Factors & Prevention
Chocolate is another major source of caffeine, and Americans eat a lot of chocolate. Like coffee, chocolate can be good for you in other ways when eaten in moderation, and also as a method of prevention for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis primarily affects older Caucasian or Asian women who have a thin body frame; and smoking, inactivity, heredity and caffeine increase one’s risk for developing the disease. Calcium deficiency and hormonal changes also make a person more likely to develop osteoporosis.
If you are a person who regularly consumes caffeine (like coffee drinkers) and find it hard to stop at present, your calcium intake should be increased to counter the effects of caffeine. This can be as simple as drinking at least a glass of milk every day.
Alternatively, if you’re lactose intolerant or don’t like milk, eat lots of dark green, leafy vegetables or take a calcium supplement. It is recommended that postmenopausal women consume 1,500 mg of calcium daily and pre-menopausal women consume 1,200 mg daily.
Coffee drinkers should switch to decaffeinated coffee or gradually reduce the amount of coffee they drink to ease those withdrawal symptoms. You may not realize that people can get addicted to caffeine just like a drug, so you do, in fact, experience withdrawals if you try to stop a long-term habit like daily coffee drinking. You might experience headaches, depression, fatigue, drowsiness, jitteriness, difficulty concentrating, etc.
Sodas are corrosive and very bad for your body, not to mention they’re a huge source of caffeine. They also have a lot of sugar and empty calories. So get rid of them.
Caffeine May Pose Other Health Risks
There is reason to believe that heavy caffeine consumption may lead to heart disease, cancer, birth defects, high cholesterol, acne, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. So it is a good idea to greatly reduce, or totally eliminate, caffeine from your diet if you can. With all of the germs and diseases in the world, if we can do anything to cut down on our risks, we should – and pass on the information to others.