Are you a coffee lover? Then you must be aware of the “coffee buzz” that hits up right after a few sips. Even just the aroma of coffee can push a wave of energy inside you. Your coffee might help you to get over with the morning sleepiness, but there is something else you should know.
Caffeine can affect your blood pressure. Even if you don’t have high blood pressure issues, caffeine in coffee can cause a short spike in your blood pressure.
According to some researchers, caffeine can impact your body hormones that keep your arteries widened. Others suggest that the rise in blood pressure is due to caffeine’s effect on adrenal glands, causing a higher adrenaline release.
Does caffeine have the same effects on everyone?
The way caffeine affects your blood pressure varies from person to person. For example, people who regularly consume caffeinated drinks such as coffee have an average higher blood pressure than those who don’t. People who daily drink caffeinated beverages develop a tolerance to caffeine. This results in caffeine having no long-term effects on their blood pressure.
Should you stop drinking coffee?
If you have high blood pressure, consult your physician regarding your drinking habits. Ask if you should limit or stop drinking your coffee. If you are already worried that caffeine may affect your blood pressure, cut back your caffeinated drink intake.
If you are habitual of drinking 2 or 3 cups of coffee per day, come down to one. Remember that the amount of caffeine in your cup may vary according to the brand and preparation method. If you are planning to lower your caffeine intake, take is slowly over several days to prevent withdrawal headaches.
In case you’ve hypertension, try to avoid caffeine right before activities, such as running or cycling, that raise your blood pressure.
If you aren’t sure whether cutting down the caffeine intake is suitable for you or leaving it altogether, or continuing drinking it, contact the doctors at Internal Medicine Diagnostic Center. Call 281-252-8600 to schedule an appointment.