Does Tea Reduce Risk of Hip Fracture?

A new study looking into the links between tea, coffee and breaking bones showed that people who drank tea had a lower risk of hip fracture; however no link with coffee drinking was seen in this study.
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According to the authors of the report, which was published in Osteoporosis International - one of the leading bone journals “compared to no tea consumption, drinking 1 to 4 cups of tea daily is associated with a lower risk of hip fracture.”

There was no clear association between coffee consumption and the risk of hip fractures. Nonetheless the absence of any important risk of hip fracture linked with coffee consumption is reassuring. Previous research has indicated that more than 3 cups of coffee daily causes calcium loss that damages bones (although 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day is healthier than no coffee at all.) Caffeine causes the kidneys to lose calcium. Additionally, people who drink more than three cups of coffee a day tend to exercise less, smoke more cigarettes, consume less dairy, and consume fewer fruits and vegetables.

"The results of this study are interesting", said Professor Terence O’Neill, Chair of the Charity's Clinical and Scientific committee, "though they need to be interpreted with caution.

While there may be a protective effect of tea consumption, other aspects of diet and lifestyle, which are linked with tea and coffee consumption and which were not measured in the studies, may have affected the results. Also, there is quite a difference between 1 and 4 cups of tea, and the tea variety will also play an important role as some have much higher amounts of caffeine.

People who enjoy many cups of coffee or tea throughout the day are encouraged to use milk to get some calcium, and to also supplement with additional calcium and vitamin D. Although for complete bone health you need a range of vitamins and minerals that includes vitamin K, boron, magnesium and silicon.

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