Energy drinks are said to promote alertness, energy, determination, and focus among other things. But are the advantages of energy drinks greater than the disadvantages? Many are not even aware of the harmful/side effects of energy drinks.
Energy drinks are flavored beverages containing varying amounts of caffeine and typically, other additives, such as vitamins, taurine, theanine, carnitine, herbal supplements, creatine, sugars, and guarana, a plant product that naturally contains concentrated caffeine.
Here are some side effects of consuming energy drinks
- Cardiac Arrest
People with underlying heart conditions have gone into cardiac arrest after intake of energy drinks. Before drinking energy drinks or caffeine, be sure to know your heart’s health. A new study showed that energy drinks cause more forceful heart contractions, which could be harmful to some with certain heart conditions. One study showed that between 2009 and 2011 there were 4854 calls to poison control centers regarding energy drinks. 51% of these calls were involving children. Another study shows the link between energy drinks and cardiac events among teens. This study recommends that teens consume no more than one 250 ml energy drink per day and not before or during sports or exercise.
Energy drinks do a good job of keeping people awake, but when abused, they can cause some people to miss sleep all together. This lack of sleep causes impaired functioning and can be dangerous to drive or perform other concentration heavy tasks.
- Type 2 Diabetes
Because many energy drinks are also very high in sugar, they can eventually wear out the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, which leads to type 2 diabetes.
- Energy Drinks Are Marketed to Kids
No matter how old you are, energy drinks are just awful for your body. Energy drinks are sold to youths and teenagers, The Academy of Pediatrics even advises kids and teens to avoid energy drinks because of the possibility of serious health risks.
- Niacin Overdose
Niacin (Vitamin B3) is placed in most energy drinks at levels that cause no harm and can even be therapeutic. However, if a person is taking additional supplements containing Niacin, overdosing on the vitamin is possible when consuming energy drinks in addition to those supplements. Symptoms include; Skin flushing, dizziness, rapid heart rate, vomiting, itching, gout and diarrhea.
- High Blood Pressure
Caffeinated products like energy drinks can elevate a person’s blood pressure. For those with normal blood pressure this isn’t concerning, but those with already elevated blood pressure could be placing themselves at risk of stroke and other health problems related to hypertension if they consume too many energy drinks in a short period of time.