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December 2001 Issue

Too Much Caffeine Bad For Older Womens Bones

Too much caffeine may accelerate bone loss in postmenopausal women, say researchers at Creighton University in Omaha. And women carrying a certain gene may be particularly sensitive to caffeine’s effect on bone. Among 96 healthy women in their 60’s and 70’s, those getting more than 300 milligrams of caffeine daily (about three cups of coffee) lost more bone from their spines over three years than women consuming less. (The researchers accounted for differences in smoking, alcohol and calcium intake.) Women who had

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