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Does Coffee Stunt Your Growth?
I love coffee but people tell me that it stunts your growth. Is that true?
No, coffee doesn't stunt your growth. But coffee does contain caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system. For most people, a cup or two of coffee a day doesn't do any harm. But if you're drinking more — especially if you are getting caffeine from other sources, like soda or energy drinks — you may want to cut back. That's because high doses of caffeine can cause anxiety and dizziness, and may interfere with normal sleep.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
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