Soft drinks or soft drinks are known to pose a risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But not only that, based on current research, soft drinks can make knee pain, especially in men.

Most lay people think of knee pain due to rheumatism or gout, but the pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. Occurs due to osteoarthritis of the knee cartilage damage in the knee joint. There are various causes of osteoarthritis, allergic reactions, infections, fungal growth, or heredity (genetics). Factors that increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis include obesity, age, knee injury, extreme stress on the joints, and family history of the disease.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Brown University in cooperation analyze health data of 2,149 osteoarthritis patients. Participants were also asked to complete a questionnaire to determine how often participants consumption of soft drinks and their relation to osteoarthritis.

Study participants were followed for four years and track the progression of osteoarthritis researchers annually. The study also measured body mass index (BMI) and track the difference in the development of osteoarthritis in men and women separately.

The results showed that men who consume more soda per week, osteoartritisnya condition worsened. Joint space narrowing to between 0.59 millimeters in men who drank more than five sodas a week than people who drank no soda that only narrowed about 0.29 millimeters.

“The more the consumption of soda, the bad as well the development of osteoarthritis patients,” said Bing Lu, MD, DrPH, principal investigator in the study, as reported by Medindia.

Even so, not known for sure the problem was caused by high calorie soda or not. Because there could be a link between excess body weight to the knee burdened. Plus, there are likely other ingredients in soda are also influential in the development of osteoarthritis.

To prove it, still needs further research. However, this study suggests that people who experience knee pain, should be more vigilant in choosing diet. Avoid consumption of soft drinks like soda that osteoarthritis is not getting worse.