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Caffeine and Thyroid Problems

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011No Commented
Categorized Under: Thyroid

Caffeine affects different people in different ways. We’re all used to the regular soda side effects such as a bloated stomach and insomnia, and know the risks of increased diabetes; however, few people realize that the symptoms they may blame on thyroid disorders may actually be the result of too much caffeine.


Some of the symptoms of too much caffeine include restlessness, an increase in urine output, fast heartbeat, muscle twitching, and an uncontrolled stream of thoughts or speech. Because these symptoms mirror those of a thyroid condition, they can easily be mistaken for such. If you are already experiencing problems with hyperthyroidism, caffeine is likely to worsen your symptoms.

Studies have shown that your consumption of caffeine can play a role on your TSH levels, meaning that the soft drinks and coffee that you guzzle throughout the day may be causing your thyroid to function in the wrong way.

Since caffeine removes calcium from your bones, it can make menstrual periods more unpleasant for women, especially if they already suffer from uncomfortable PMS because of their thyroid condition. Even healthy women who don’t consume caffeine on a regular basis are advised to take calcium supplements to improve their health and relieve menstrual symptoms such as headaches, cramps, and pain during their period.

In some cases, excessive amounts of caffeine have been shown to change the menstrual cycle, causing periods to become irregular. Since menstrual changes are also a symptom of a thyroid condition, this is just another way that caffeine mirrors hypo or hyperthyroidism.

A lack of calcium not only hurts you during your menstrual period, but can also increase your risk of getting osteoporosis. Since those with thyroid problems already have issues with their calcium levels and are at risk for developing osteoporosis, large amounts of caffeine are definitely a major health risk.

If you suffer from a thyroid condition and are currently taking medication to regulate your levels, large doses of caffeine may be lowering the benefits of this treatment.

The effects which caffeine could be playing on your body are tremendous. Whether caffeine is causing your thyroid problems to become worse or simply mirroring the symptoms of a thyroid condition, caffeine should be removed from your diet as soon as possible. For many people, cutting down or completely cutting caffeine out of their lives takes away most unpleasant symptoms within a matter of weeks. If you do not find relief after limiting your caffeine intake, look into natural medication or talk to you doctor.



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