Caffeine is a common psychoactive drug. It has a regular place in many people’s everyday lives. However, people sometimes overlook the negative, life-threatening consequences of coffee if it is used long term. Similar to other drug addictions, it can cause serious health problems.
Caffeine causes an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. Excessive use can even lead to clogged arteries and other heart diseases. The lowering of cortisol raises anxiety and irritability, in addition to lowering the immune system. Insomnia and sleep disturbances can also appear, making it harder for the individual to fall asleep. Although these mental effects can be quite serious, there are many physical effects that accompany caffeine being introduced to the body on a regular basis.
Coffee causes the blood sugar to increase rapidly, in turn resulting in too much insulin production. All of this results in a crash later on, which disrupts your day and provides the opposite effect coffee is supposed to supply. Diabetics and coffee addicts have a harder time controlling blood sugar because of the effects on insulin production. Coffee can also decrease bone density by voiding the bone’s ability to absorb the calcium it needs. Osteoporosis is a common concern for the elderly and women.
The physical and mental effects of long-term caffeine use can be extremely detrimental to the body. However, caffeine withdrawal can cause symptoms as well. Lack of coffee in the body may cause headaches, mood swings, fatigue, muscle aches, poor memory, loss of appetite, and severe premenstrual symptoms. Although withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and hard to withstand, caffeine can be a dangerous drug, and should not be taken long term. Coffee addiction can have severe reactions and withdrawal is necessary to be a healthier, happier person.
If you are seeking treatment for addiction for either yourself or a loved one, call 877-892-7997. The Last Resort can help with all of the struggles and challenges that withdrawal and detox can cause, while helping create a plan for the future. They can provide support and comfort for everyone involved, and will supply a safe facility for your recovery needs. Get the help you deserve.