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Old 05-17-2007, 08:54 AM   #1
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Caffeine- elevated diuretic properties

I'm just curious if this happens to anyone else, or if this could be the symptom of a kidney problem...

For over 10 years now, whenever I drink soda, coffee, or tea with caffeine in it, for the next few days, I have to urinate very often. Sometimes it's so bad, I have to go literally every 5 minutes. I didn't realize that caffeine was the culprit until about 3 or 4 years ago. So I lived for years with having frequent, severe urges to go to the bathroom every few minutes (or when it wasn't so bad, every 45 minutes or so). I could rarely go on long car trips or sit through class without having to use the bathroom more than once.
Then a few years ago, I learned in my biology class that caffeine is a mild diuretic... So since then, I've stopped drinking caffeine, and I've improved a lot.
But does anyone know why my kidneys would react so severely to caffeine, when it's supposed to be a "mild" diuretic? Is this just something my body may be sensitive to, or do you think it's an indicator of a kidney problem?

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Old 05-17-2007, 09:10 AM   #2
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Re: Caffeine- elevated diuretic properties

There is a thread somewhere on this board that discussed this. When you drink caffeine a lot your body becomes use to the caffeine. You don't go to the bathroom as much as you would if you only drank it say 1 a month.

If you have problems with going to the bathroom a lot even when you don't drink it then I'd say you have a bladder or kidney malfunction.

Do a search with in the health boards using the search engine at the top of the page. It was pretty recent that it was talked about.

 
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:12 AM   #3
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Re: Caffeine- elevated diuretic properties

Thanks for your reply.
I'll definitely search for that thread.
But the thing is, I used to drink caffeine ALL the time. My favorite soda was Coke, and I'd drink that multiple times a day, plus coffee usually once a day, and that's when it was at it's worst. So my body never got used to it. Now I find that since it's out of my system, if I drink caffeinated Coke once in a while, it only affects me minimally.

 
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