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Health Risks from Drinking Soda

Posted Jan 06 2010 12:00am

Several of my friends and family have mentioned their goal to quit drinking soda this year.
Aside from the mass amounts of sugar loaded into each soda, turns out it also affects women when it comes to osteoporosis.
This article I found at msn health, tells more. I copied over the most interesting parts.
(For a link to the whole article click here)

Women are at greater risk of osteoporosis, or bone thinning, as they get older. Most of us already know that. But many people don't realize that drinking a lot of cola and other soft drinks increases osteoporosis risk—or causes the disease to progress faster. The phosphoric acid that makes fizzy drinks fizz actually eats away at bone, making it more porous.
This news, while worrying, has been known for a while. But now scientists are sounding the alarm that soft drinks weaken muscles as well as bones. According to a new study published in the June 2009 issue of International Journal of Clinical Practice, drinking large amounts of cola (the study focused on people who drank two quarts or more a day) causes potassium levels in the blood to fall, which can lead to a severe deficiency. And potassium deficiency, as athletes know, makes you feel weak and dizzy, and causes muscles to atrophy.

Researchers aren't sure yet exactly how soft drinks are causing the potassium deficiency; they theorize that flooding the kidneys with caffeine and sugar causes them to filter out too much potassium from cells. This is a dangerous double whammy for older women, who have a higher risk of falling and hip fracture than men do.

Of course, the real message health and nutrition experts are trying to convey is that we need more calcium and other bone- and muscle-building nutrients in our bodies, and fewer empty calories. To get you started, check out this list of great ways to sneak calcium into your diet.

So what to do when soda's out but you're thirsty and milk just won't cut it? Try water, lemonade, or iced tea—with milk.

If that doesn't help you stick to your decision, or help you make one!

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