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Caffeine and Lung Disease

5 Aug 2017
| Under Lifestyle, Lung Disease | Posted by | 27 Comments
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A Day in the Life of Your Average Caffeine Connoisseur

6:00 AM: The alarm goes off. Ringing, ringing, ringing. Snooze.

6:07 AM: The alarm goes off again. It only rings once before snooze is hit.

6:14 AM: The alarm goes off a third time. You finally turn it off as a sweet aroma washes into the room. You throw back the blankets and crawl out of bed.

6:20 AM: You brush your teeth, wash your face, and take your morning bronchodilators. Bunny slippers in tow, you pour your first cup of coffee.

6:45 AM: You finished reading the paper and pour your second cup of coffee.

7:30 AM: Shower, dressed, and ready for the door, you fill your favorite travel mug with the final cup of freshly brewed coffee.

8:30 AM: After battling the painful traffic of the morning commute, you stop at the Starbucks next to your office building. Double shot skinny vanilla latte with your name misspelled on the side. The usual.

10:00 AM: Two Monday morning meetings down, two to go. The best way to get through it: an espresso from the new office coffee machine.

12:00 PM: Lunch couldn’t come fast enough. A quick trip to Subway means a cold cut trio on whole wheat, a chocolate macadamia nut cookie, and a Coca-Cola.

2:45 PM: The afternoon fatigue has set in, so your team congregates in the office kitchen for coffee hour, but you swore you’d be healthier, so instead you opt for green tea.

7:00 PM: Finally, you’re home. Dinner plans include a small bowl of bean and sausage stew, a can of soda and the chance to watch a few I Love Lucy re-runs. As usual, you doze off and end up sleeping on the couch that night.


Where to Find Caffeine

For most people, the idea of going a whole day without caffeine seems crazy. Maybe you acknowledge your slight addiction to coffee, or maybe you don’t even realize how much caffeine you really consume each day. Caffeine can sneak into your diet in ways you don’t realize. Let’s take a look at the dos and don’ts of caffeine and lung disease.

Coffee

Coffee is the go to for a caffeinated beverage. Drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, Americanos, flat whites and more all contain varying amounts of caffeine. Even decaffeinated coffee options, both brewed and instant, contain a small amount of caffeine.

Tea

While tea may seem like a healthier alternative, most teas contain a decent amount of caffeine. Even green tea contains caffeine, leaving drinkers with a small caffeine buzz.

Carbonated Beverages

Many carbonated beverages contain caffeine: sodas such as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew and others, and even non-caffeinated varieties contain scant amounts of caffeine. Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Volt, Monster and Venom also contain large amounts of caffeine.

Chocolate & Other Foods

We often don’t think about caffeine popping up in the foods we eat. The biggest offender: chocolate. A candy bar, a cup of hot cocoa and a hot fudge sundae all contain caffeine. Another food with surprising caffeine content is macadamia nuts.

The Effects of Caffeine and Lung Disease

The Cons of Caffeine and Lung Disease

The verdict is still out on the impact that caffeine has on people with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis. Historically, researchers believed that caffeine negatively affected sufferers because it quickens breathing. For individuals who experience difficulty breathing or have an inability to absorb large amounts of oxygen, this quickened breathing pattern could be dangerous.

Another danger of drinking caffeine with a lung disease is the potential for caffeine to interfere with prescribed medications. If you’re not sure whether caffeine will interfere with your medications, ask your doctor, who will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Although there are some cons to drinking caffeine if you have a lung disease, recent studies also suggest some pretty compelling pros.

The Pros of Caffeine and Lung Disease

In 2009, a study conducted at the University of Texas showed the potential for caffeine to actually improve lung function. The study looked at the amount of coffee consumed, smoking habits and pulmonary function. The results surprised some researchers. Smokers with lung damage actually showed an increase in lung function when they increased coffee consumption.

While caffeine is still being studied to determine whether it could be a potential treatment option for people with chronic lung diseases, there are currently other options. Some people are finding relief and quality of life improvement after receiving stem cell therapy from the Lung Institute. To learn more about stem cell therapy, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065.

27 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    12 hours ago

    Kathy:

    Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Lung Institute

    12 hours ago

    Kisha:

    Thank you for your comment. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. We understand that each patient is unique and has individual needs. Because of that, we make sure to go over the patient’s history and our treatment options in detail with each patient.

    In order to determine if someone is a candidate for treatment, we need to gather more of their private medical history in a secure setting. The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    We have five clinics in the United States.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Kisha

    3 days ago

    I would like TO KNOW THE PRICE FOR COPD and whats the nearest facil

  4. Kathy Taylor

    3 days ago

    I wish I could try this, I don’t feel like dying, but it just isn’t financially feasible at this time. I sure hope someone somewhere comes up with something to help folks like me who NEEDS help, can’t afford it, and don’t want death to be the only alternative

  5. Lung Institute

    3 days ago

    Sandra:

    We are not sure of the timing for opening any new clinics. No dates have been determined. Delaying treatments has the potential to let the disease progress, so we would encourage you to stay in touch with your patient coordinator to keep up with the latest information.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Sandra amacfadyen

    3 days ago

    When is your stem cell therapy office opening in Stanford, Connecticut…or is it possible to hold clinics around the country?

  7. Lung Institute

    3 days ago

    Carolanne:

    Thank you for your comment. We are so happy to hear that your treatments went well and that you are noticing improvement.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Lung Institute

    3 days ago

    Larry:

    Thank you for your question. Yes, the Lung Institute does offer financing.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  9. larry j macaluso

    3 days ago

    does The lung insitute offer financing?

  10. Lung Institute

    3 days ago

    Iee:

    First and foremost we’d like to thank you for your question. Unfortunately, at this time traditional insurance companies such as HMO’s and Medicare have not yet begun to cover stem cell therapy as a form of treatment.

    Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, so it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  11. Lung Institute

    3 days ago

    Susan:

    Sorry to say this treatment is not covered by insurance. While we are hopeful that treatment will be covered in the future, it will take some time before insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover treatment. It’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators if you have specific questions. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  12. l

    3 days ago

    Michael:

    Thank you for your comment. We have five facilities around the United States. We do have one in Scottsdale, Ariz. which is the Phoenix area. We are also in Dallas, Tampa, Nashville and Pittsburgh.

    You can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  13. Michael A Cocca

    3 days ago

    Why are there no facilities in the west?

  14. Carolanne Rizzo

    3 days ago

    Not too surprising as coffee is a homeopathic remedy for asthma, etc.Doing remarkably well after my stem cell therapy 5 weeks ago. I HAVEN’T USED OXYGEN SINCE ONE WEEK AFTER MY THERSPHY. THANK YOU LUNG INSTITUTE!

  15. Susan Grasso

    4 days ago

    Would this be covered by Insurance? Also can the procedure be explained? Can I talk with someone that has had this procedure?

  16. lEE

    4 days ago

    Can you give us/me an approximate cost for this rocedure. i have found that medicare does not participate on this since it is an elective on the part of the patient.

  17. Lung Institute

    2 months ago

    Sue,

    Thank you for your comment. To learn more about stem cell therapy, locations, cost and more information, please call (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator, who will be happy to assist you.

    Thanks,

    Lung Institute

  18. Sue Eason

    2 months ago

    I would like info on stem cell therapy for COPDAnd inphysema…cost , location of facility , etc.

  19. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Hi Mary Jo,

    Thanks for your comment. We have clinics in Nashville, TN and Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, please contact a patient coordinator at (888) 510-7519.

    Thanks,

    Lung Institute

  20. Mary jo O'Connor

    3 months ago

    Where is the closest lung inst to RACINE Wisconsin ?

  21. Peter Edwards

    3 months ago

    Nice article though I do not drink the amount of coffee, eat chocolate or drink tea. I would moderate the amount of FLuids that I consume. Though one thing i do if i feel a little chesty is take strong tea or coffee, as this helps to settle my chest a lot quicker then ventolin.

  22. PB

    12 months ago

    Dear Logan,

    We’re glad to hear you found this information helpful. Thanks for your comment.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  23. Logan

    12 months ago

    This website helped me a lot with my 7th grade science fair my question was does caffeine really affect your lungs and all my questions answered almost instantly its just amazingly perfect

  24. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Tim,

    We haven’t heard of coffee as a way to soothe painful bronchial burning. However, we are glad to hear that you’ve found something that helps you. Please keep us updated about what you find, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  25. Tim

    1 year ago

    I looked up coffee and copd in the effort to find out WHY, when I have a painful bronchial burning, coffee soothes it completely away, like medicine.

  26. Cara Tompot

    2 years ago

    Currently, we do not have a clinic open in Houston, TX. We hope to have a clinic in Eastern Texas by the end of the year. Right now the closest clinic for you would be our Scottsdale, AZ location.

    We offer a couple of different stem cell therapy options: venous (blood-derived) and bone marrow. One of our patient coordinators can discuss which treatment options you may qualify for and the associated treatment process for each one. Our patient coordinators are available by phone at (855) 313-1149.

  27. Patsy Bolton

    2 years ago

    please provide more information on stem cell procedure. is there any doctor in Houston Texas using this procedure on COPD patients and other lung conditions?

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