In a recent study out of the Mayo Clinic, they have found “an association between caffeine intake and more bothersome hot flashes and night sweats in postmenopausal women. The study also showed an association between caffeine intake and fewer problems with mood, memory and concentration in perimenopausal women, possibly because caffeine is known to enhance arousal, mood and attention. The findings of this largest study to date on caffeine and menopausal symptoms are published on the Menopause website and will also be printed in a future issue of the journal.”
“While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats,” says Stephanie Faubion, M.D., director of the Women’s Health Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “Menopause symptoms can be challenging but there are many management strategies to try.”
Other strategies Dr. Faubion recommends include:
- Be aware of triggers such as spicy foods and hot beverages.
- In addition to caffeine, limit alcohol and tobacco.
- Dress in layers, so you can remove a layer when you’re warm.
- Consider products to stay cool at night such as wicking sheets and sleepwear, fans, and cooling pillows.
- Try stress management strategies such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, acupuncture and massage.
- Maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and stay active.
- Talk with your provider about hormone therapy and non-hormonal prescription medications to alleviate symptoms.”
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Mayo Clinic. “Caffeine intake may worsen menopausal hot flashes, night sweats.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 July 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140723105945.htm>.