Caffeine, Genes Tied to Bone Loss in Older Women

Women's Health |

An appetite for coffee and chocolate can take its toll on the bones of elderly women, especially those with a particular genetic mutation, researchers report.

The investigators found that in a group of women whose average age was 71, those who consumed the most caffeine had significantly lower bone mineral density (BMD) after 3 years compared with women who consumed the least. BMD is a marker of bone strength. Women with two copies of a gene with a mutation in the vitamin D receptor were even more prone to bone loss, the report indicates. (more…)