COFFEE AND CAFFEINE: How Much Is Too Much ??
We all know about the good effects of coffee on our health. Coffee isn’t just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you. In recent years scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing. But have you ever heard about the bad effects of coffee when one takes too much of this healthy drink? The harmful effects of caffeine are sometimes harder to find information on than all of the reported positives.
Harmful Effects of Caffeine Found In Coffee
Here are a few of the studies that concluded that caffeine could be potentially dangerous to ones health:
More than 4 cups of coffee linked to early death: A Mayo Clinic partnered study found that men who drank more than four 8 fl.oz. cups of coffee had a 21% increase in all-cause mortality. However, those that reported that they consumed excessive amounts of caffeine were also likely to smoke and have poor fitness. Dr. Nancy Snyderman from NBC said there were a few discrepancies with the study, but stresses that moderation is still key.
Caffeine consumption may raise blood pressure: Especially in those already suffering from hypertension and those who don’t normally consume caffeine.
Increased risk of heart attacks among young adults: A study conducted by Dr. Lucio Mos found that young adults who were diagnosed with mild hypertension had 4 times the risk of having a heart attack if they consumed the amount of caffeine equivalent to 4 cups of coffee.
Caffeine linked to gout attacks: This study showed that people who binge on caffeinated beverages increase the risk for a gout flare-up.
Caffeine could cause incontinence: A study out of the University of Alabama showed that women who consume a lot of caffeine are 70% more likely to develop incontinence (any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder or bowel, feces or gas from the bowel).
Caffeine may cause insomnia: Caffeine in a persons system at bedtime can mimic the symptoms of insomnia.
Caffeine can cause indigestion: People who consume caffeinated beverages often report an upset stomach or indigestion, especially when the beverages are consumed on an empty stomach.
Caffeine can cause headaches: Occasional doses of caffeine can relieve headache symptoms, but the overuse of caffeine can cause headaches and lead to migraines.
Caffeine may not be healthy for type 2 diabetics: A study conducted by the American Diabetes Association showed that caffeine impaired glucose metabolism in those with type 2 diabetes(Adult onset diabetes).
Caffeine could reduce fertility in women: A study from The University of Nevada School of Medicine showed that caffeine can reduce a womans chances of becoming pregnant by about 27%, when consumed too much, regularly.
Caffeine Allergies: Some people have over-sensitivity to the caffeine molecule, which causes allergic-like reactions in the body such as hives and pain, after consuming even the smallest amounts.
Caffeine Overdose: While overdose is rare, it can lead to many adverse symptoms including death, especially in those with underlying medical conditions.
Worse Menopause Symptoms: A recent study published in The Journal of The North American Menopause Society showed that menopausal women who consumed caffeine had a greater degree of vasomotor symptoms(night sweats, hot flashes, and flushes).
Caffeine causes more forceful heart contractions: A recent study showed that immediately after energy drink consumption the heart produces more forceful contractions.
Caffeine increases the amount of sugary beverages consumed by people, which contributes to obesity and diabetes.
Caffaeine may take toll on mental health: Caffeine consumption can lead to increased anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
Caffeine inhibits collagen production in the skin: This effect is dose dependant, really heavy caffeine consumers should be aware.
Caffeine may result into bad bone health: Caffeine interferes with ossification(or osteogenesis – The process of creating bone in bone remodeling) and could also lead to greater risk of bone fractures. This is dose dependent, so heavy caffeine consumers should take note.
Caffeine is a drug and can affect people differently just like any other substance. Its important that consumers understand how caffeine interacts with their bodies in regards to their personal health histories. The risks of suffering from any of the harmful effects of caffeine are diminished by being aware of how much is personally being consumed daily. It is also important to be aware of any pre-existing medical conditions that may contribute to caffeine’s negative effects.