Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville
Continuing our Menopause Monday series, where Dr Marilyn Glenville answers your Menopause Questions
Does Coffee aggravate Menopause symptoms?
Monica: Can I still drink coffee during my menopause? I’ve heard that it can aggravate symptoms.
Caffeine is found in food and drinks, primarily in chocolate, caffeinated soft drinks, energy drinks, coffee and tea (balck, green and white). The problem with caffeine as you go through the different stages of the menopause is that it can make your symptoms worse.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which activates your adrenal (stress) glands, and as your adrenal glands are going to produce a form of oestrogen to help protect your bones as you go through the menopause, you do not want to overwork them. Caffeine causes a quick rise in blood sugar so contributes...