The risks associated with energy drinks

Energy drinks are popular with many people in Maryland, promising to give them more energy to workout, manage their daily schedule and keep them from getting drowsy during the day. Yet, recent research has shown that these beverages are not without risks.

CBS News recently stated that one study shows young adults and teenagers may be at risk for heart problems after consuming energy drinks. The study, which is not yet complete, showed that there was a significant difference in the strains placed on the heart after an energy drink was consumed. The study involved young men who were around 27 years old and were healthy. The men were given an MRI scan, which allowed doctors to look at the heart’s functioning, before they consumed one energy drink. Then, an hour after consuming the drink, they were given another MRI scan.

Cardiac arrest is listed as just one of several dangers associated with energy drinks, according to Caffeine Informer. This is especially a risk for people who have existing heart conditions but even healthy people could suffer a heart issue if they drink several of these beverages within a certain amount of time. In addition to heart problems, these drinks have also been linked to the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Risky behavior – especially among teens
  • Interactions with depression medication and other prescription drugs
  • Anxiousness and shakiness
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe headaches

Energy drinks may also put people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, due to their high sugar content, and addiction. Caffeine, one of the primary ingredients in energy drinks, has a long standing reputation for causing addiction symptoms. When people stop consuming energy drinks, they may struggle to accomplish simple tasks. This can lead them to rely on the drink in order to continue functioning.

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