Your coffee-drinking routine, the habit of downing carbonated drinks or taking caffeine shots in your pre-workout may increase your risk of osteoporosis according to the British Journal of Pharmacology.
While recommended caffeine intake per day is safely set at 400mg, the study tested 24 subjects, with 12 chewing non-caffeinated gum and the other the caffeinated version. The group with caffeine went well beyond the 400mg limit, 800mg, which is about eight cups of coffee.
The study also found that urine from 77% of subjects in the test group had significant spikes of calcium in their urine. Researchers concluded that long-term excessive intake of caffeine may cause a much higher risk of bone density issues and pose a greater risk of osteoporosis.
Who is affected?
For starters, older adults may face this problem because as we age, our bones become weak and brittle. Another group that may be at risk are athletes if they use caffeine as a pre-workout or performance-enhancing drink.
Where does your caffeine come from?
Well, it may not come from coffee, because logically, downing eight cups is a little too much. Energy drinks can take some of the blame as a can may have 300 to 400 mg.
Gym junkies or those who take pre-workouts on a fairly regular basis may ingest 150 to 300 mg per serving.
What can we do?
Don’t throw out coffee entirely! Consume it in moderation, because trouble begins when it is ingested in higher amounts. Just try to keep within the limits and consume calcium, as well as vitamin D for bone health maintenance.
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