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Why I Stopped Drinking Coffee...

I am a coffee lover and I can't start my day without it. It's the first thing I do after my morning rituals before I start work. I mean, who doesn't want some caffeine rush?

Unfortunately, I need to cut back on coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Why? During the last week of April this year, I had a bone densitometry test and my result was -1.8 which meant that I have osteopenia.

If you aren't familiar with the word, but you think it sounds familiar, it might be because you haven't heard of osteoporosis, and osteopenia, by the way, when uncontrolled may lead to osteoporosis.

Okay, so for everyone reading this who still doesn't have any idea about these conditions, let me take their definition from Web MD:

Osteopenia  - refers to bone density that is lower than normal peak density but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis - refers to thinning of the bones which can result to painful fractures. Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being female, low body weight, low sex hormones or menopause, smoking, and some medications.

Now, where does coffee come in you might say? Well, coffee has a lot of caffeine and caffeine is a diuretic. Diuretics flush out the calcium. In addition, research shows that caffeine interferes with the absorption of Vitamin D which is important in the absorption of calcium. Which means I should stop drinking coffee!!!

You see, even though I am only in my 30s (most people who have this condition are already in their 60s!), I am an almost perfect candidate for osteoporosis:

I love drinking coffee and soda.
I also have been breastfeeding for over 2 years without taking any calcium supplements.
And what's even worse - I don't exercise.

It wasn't like that before. When  I didn't have a baby yet, my bone density used to be normal (Sorry, I didn't care to know the exact score, but I remember it was within the green area). However, I never took calcium supplements (despite my physician's advise), and for some reason, I loved coffee more when I had a baby.

But of course, I don't want my situation to get worse, so I have decided to stop drinking coffee. I may also have to look into taking calcium supplements soon.

For now, no coffee for me.
No more caffeine rush.
No more cup o' joes.
No more reason to buy coffee in the supermarket.

Now, should I start exercising so I won't need to ditch coffee? Hmmm... That would be another lifestyle change. I'm fine eliminating coffee for now. 😕

How about you? What lifestyle change do you need to make for your health? Please leave a comment below.

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