Energy drinks are becoming addicting for a lot of people. However, the possible negative impact on your health from energy drinks is nothing at all like the glamorized portrayals of natural like highs which are claimed in the advertisements for these drinks. Nature World News reported on Dec. 2, 2013 that energy drinks are linked to altered heart function.
A new study has found the consumption of energy drinks which are high in caffeine and taurine may increase heart rate in otherwise healthy adults. This is a serious problem, with a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics finding that about 30 to 50 percent of teenagers and young adults consume energy drinks. Consuming these drinks in large amounts has been found to be associated with cardiac abnormalities, diabetes and seizures.
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has recently released a report which shows that ER visits after drinking energy drinks increased from about 10,000 in 2007 to more than 20,000 in 2011. Although there are increasing concerns about the potential for energy drinks to have adverse side effects on heart function, particularly in adolescents and young adults, there is little or no regulation of energy drink sales. There have been reports of deaths which have been alleged to be associated with consumption of the energy drink Monster and 5-Hour Energy drink.
The BBC has reported a research team from the University of Bonn in Germany took images of the hearts of 17 people an hour after they had an energy drink. Contractions were found to be more forceful after the energy drink. It has been suggested by these researchers that children and people with some health conditions should avoid energy drinks. The amount of caffeine is generally up to three times higher than in other caffeinated beverages such as coffee or cola. The bottom line is to therefore be very careful about consuming too many energy drinks. It is also becoming very clear that extra efforts should be made to share this information with children and teens.