A 30-year-old woman in eastern China who drank too much coffee was found to have bones similar to those of a person twice her age.
“Han Xiao,” an office employee from Wuhan, Hubei province recently caught flu and developed severe coughs that persisted for weeks.
One night, Han suffered an extreme coughing bout that lasted for more than 10 minutes, which escalated to an unbearable chest pain.
The following morning, she went to Wuhan Central Hospital for treatment and shocked herself with what she found out.
After an x-ray, Han’s doctor discovered that the cause of her chest pain were fractures in her third, fourth and fifth ribs caused by her violent coughing.
During further assessment, she disclosed that she had been drinking coffee like water, chugging more than 10 cups a day for over seven years.
Han underwent a bone mineral density test, which revealed that her bones were similar to those of a 60-year-old man, Wuhan Evening News reported.
Even worse, she found out that she’s on her way to osteoporosis.
Dr. Chen Baojun, director of the hospital’s thoracic surgery department, pointed out the growing trend of osteoporosis among young people.
He blamed lack of exercise, smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol, carbonated drinks and coffee as habits that accelerate bone age.
In 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) led the assessment of the risks of caffeine and determined reference standards for safe consumption of different populations. Additionally, these are the standards approved by the World Health Organization, according to CCTV News:
- A single intake 200 mg or less and less than 400 mg a day does not give rise to safety concerns.
- Pregnant women should not exceed 200 mg per day.
- While caffeine poses risks to children and teenagers, there is still a lack of data to determine safe intake.
- In general, intake should not exceed 3 mg per kilogram of body weight.