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Woman Loses Teeth, Develops Bone Disease By Drinking Excessive Amounts Of Tea (VIDEO)

Mar 22, 2013 03:52 PM EDT

A woman in Michigan will likely be forgoing afternoon tea for the rest of her days after years of drinking an excessive amount the hot beverage has caused her to develop a rare bone disease and lose all her teeth.

After seeing a doctor because of pain in her arms, legs, hips and lower back, doctors linked the 47-year-old mother's condition to her excessive consumption of tea, the Detroit Free Press reported.

For the last 17 years, the unnamed woman had consumed a daily pitcher of tea brewed with 100 to 150 tea bags, according to a write up in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The woman was diagnosed with skeletal fluorosis, an unusual condition that causes the body's bones to harden, lowering flexibility and increasing the likelihood of fractures.

Because of brittleness caused by the condition, all of the woman's teeth had to be extracted.

Her levels of fluoride were found to be more than four times what is considered normal.

Skeletal fluorosis occurs due to an excess of fluoride in the body; the condition is endemic in areas where there is high fluoride concentration in the water, but rare in other parts of the world.

Brewed tea has among the highest fluoride concentrations of beverages available in the U.S.

The woman reportedly has stopped drinking tea and is receiving counseling and her health has improved, but it may take years before the high levels of fluoride are depleted from the woman's system.

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