You reach a certain point in life and you figure you have a license to cheat a little bit.
Maybe it’s peanut butter cups. Or perhaps it’s a glass of wine.
Or maybe you just like soda. And since you made it this far with the vice, you figure you can keep at it.
We’re all allowed ONE bad habit, right?
But ladies if soda is YOUR indulgence, it’s time to find a new one. (And I’ll give you a guide to cheating right with a perfectly bad one in just a moment.)
Because while you may have made it this far in one piece, a new study shows how that cola habit could change that.
It could lead to a BROKEN BONE.
The terrifying toll soda takes on bones
When you were a kid, a broken bone meant you got a whole bunch of attention for a little while. And everyone signed your cast.
Sure, it was no fun. But it’s a rite-of-passage.
When you’re older, a broken bone is a whole different story. And that’s especially true for a break in the hip, which can lead to a downward spiral of pain, disability, and worse.
In fact, you might want to brace yourself for this next figure. Older folks are up to EIGHT TIMES more likely to die in the three months after breaking a hip.
Talk about one risk you REALLY want to avoid.
But if you’re drinking soda, you could cause it to happen. As the new study finds that drinking an average of a little more than two cans a day could lead to a broken hip.
- Regular and diet cola increase the risk of a broken hip by 26 percent.
- Decaffeinated soda is even worse, increasing the risk by nearly a third.
There could be any number of reasons for the risk. But most experts agree the main one is likely phosphoric acid. This acid can pull calcium out of bone sending your risk for a broken bone soaring. Plus, it’s linked to kidney stones, another agonizing condition you really want to avoid.
Trade broken bone risk for benefits
So I have a suggestion. If you want a “bad” habit as you get older, choose one of the other two I mentioned earlier. Because they’re NOT as bad as you might think.
Peanut butter cups might be considered the quintessential junk food. But the peanut is packed with protein – an essential ingredient to strong muscle and bone – while a little dark chocolate can help protect the heart.
Avoid the mass-produced ones and enjoy the fancier stuff that’s become easier to find these days. Ideally it should be organic dark chocolate peanut butter cups such as the ones from Justin’s. Eat just one… not a bag of them… of course.
And wine? That’s even BETTER for you. A light to moderate alcohol habit can offer some protection for both the brain and heart.
Ladies stick to no more than one drink a day. And men, if you want to indulge in two from time to time studies show that’s typically OK.
More importantly for today’s purposes, moderate alcohol consumption can cut the risk of osteoporosis. One study linked drinking alcohol to a reduced rate of bone turnover. That in turn cuts bone loss helping to keep you strong and protect against a broken bone.
Now that’s what I’d call a “bad” habit WORTH having.