Women and Caffeine

Finals are coming up fast and everyone is ready to start downing that caffeine. We all know that too much caffeine can be bad for you, but is it really as bad as everyone thinks? Moreover, does caffeine affect men and women differently? 

There are positive and negative effects from caffeine for both men and women.  However, according to a recent article, women are more sensitive to caffeine than men.  The negative effects that caffeine can have for women can include an increase in the severity of pre-menstrual symptoms, increased risk for osteoporosis, and low birth weight babies and heart palpitations for pregnant women. Too much caffeine can also bring on the process of aging and menopause earlier.  On the other hand, another study in the same article found that women who regularly drink caffeine decrease their chances of getting diabetes by thirty percent. Furthermore, moderate caffeine consumption can help improve memory, provide relief for headaches and asthma, put people in a better mood, and inhibit the development of cavities.

So as you reach for that second or third cup of coffee to help keep you awake while studying for finals, remember, it may help your memory, but keep in mind what it may do to you later in life.

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One Comment

  1. Miyako
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh NO, I cannot stop drinking my coffee! I will have to figure something out.

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