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Caffeine and Osteoporosis

A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that a group of women average age seventy-one, who drank three cups of brewed coffee per day had a significantly lower bone mineral density than women who consumed less caffeine.

Women in the study who drank one or two cups of coffee per day ran a much lower risk of osteoporosis. A woman's smoking habits, alcohol intake, and calcium consumption also certainly play a role in osteoporosis. These additional factors were taken into consideration in the study.

The lesson to be learned apparently is that coffee should be consumed in moderation and supplemental calcium should be taken. A woman would be wise to pay attention to the factors of smoking and alcohol intake as well.

Ideally, supplemental calcium should be taken, smoking should be avoided, and alcohol intake should be very limited.