Caffeine is a popular stimulant that is consumed on an everyday basis by people all over the world. It may be the only thing that helps you up in the morning, but did you ever consider what happens to the rest of your body after overconsumption and repeated digestion? Caffeine doesn’t exclusively offer the beneficial results that it’s commonly known for. This stimulant may just be the unknown cause to your bladder and urinary tract complications.
How Does Caffeine Affect the Body?
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that increases alertness and eliminates drowsiness. Substances that include caffeine are commonly utilized to help people stay awake and attentive to go about their day. Aside from the response from the brain, caffeine affects other parts of the body as well. This substance is also described as a bladder stimulant. Often referred as a diuretic, it increases the production of urine and the sensation of needing to urinate. Caffeine is not stored anywhere else in the body other than the brain. The urination process is how excess amounts can exit the body. Caffeine can provoke unwanted symptoms from occurring specifically in the urinary tract, especially when it’s consumed in high quantity.
Where Can Caffeine Be Found?
Caffeine is generally obtained in drinks and pill supplements. Usually found in various beverages, caffeine is most commonly associated with coffee and espresso based beverages. The following examples include the other forms that caffeine can be found in.
- Pills / Supplements
- Energy Drinks
Caffeine & the Urinary Tract
Caffeine has an interesting place in Urology. The effects it has on the body can influence the onset of two very common urinary tract complications. The following conditions are indirect results of caffeine absorption:
- Urinary Tract Infections
Caffeine can play a considerably influential role in the causation of a Urinary Tract Infection. A Urinary Tract Infection, or UTI, occurs when sterile urine is contaminated with bacteria from the rectum. Caffeine can inspire a UTI to develop but does not directly cause the infection. Since caffeine is a diuretic, frequent urination increases bodily dehydration. The urine attains high concentrations of salts that can irritate the bladder during prolonged dehydration. These effects harbor bacteria growth, which can produce or intensify symptoms of a UTI. Avoid an excessive caffeine intake to inhibit a urinary tract infection.
- Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence, or “leaky bladder,” is defined as the loss of bladder control. The muscles in the bladder are either too weak or over stimulated from caffeine. Since the diuretic effects of caffeine cause frequent urination, sudden, intense urges to urinate may result. This condition can seriously hinder your daily activities by frequent trips to the bathroom. Urinary incontinence can cause leakage due to the inefficiency of the bladder’s muscles. Just like UTI prevention, monitor your caffeine consumption.
Caffeine Related Urinary Tract Symptoms
The following examples are both direct and indirect symptoms of caffeine’s effect on the urinary tract. In addition to the possibility of a UTI or “leaky bladder,” these irritating symptoms can vary in severity and may not always be present in every patient.
- Bladder Irritation
- Urgency of Urination
- Frequency of Urination
- Sleep Deprivation
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