Feel like you’re jumping out of your skin? Try one less latte.
Vasomotor symptoms: if you’re in the throws of menopause, you may be well acquainted with them. Vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flashes- they’ve all become enemies that you keep closer than your friends, whether you like it or not.
Does what you eat and drink matter? Likely. The research on whether or not consuming a whole lot of coffee each day can make these better or worse is typically full of conflicting results. Some studies advise that you visit Starbucks more often and hang out for the afternoon, while others preach that you avoid it like the plague.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you needn’t feel confused. A recent study, states Jacqueline M. Thielen, M.D., did find a solid link between increased caffeine consumption and suffering from postmenopausal vasomotor symptoms. Women who drink caffeinated beverages regularly in the form of coffee, tea or soda, were found to experience more of the physical side effects linked with menopause than premenopausal or perimenopausal women. In essence, reducing your intake of caffeine should reflect a decrease in the severity of your symptoms.
Of course, caffeine isn’t a problem for everyone. But if you find that your hot flashes are sending you through the roof, and you have a consistent caffeine intake, perhaps it’s time to cut back. Grab a glass of OJ and feel refreshed.
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