Energy drinks and their effects on health
Nowadays Energy drinks are very common in our daily life when talking about getting rid of laziness. They are widely promoted as products that increase alertness and enhance physical and mental performance. Marketing targeted at young people has been quite effective.
Energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by teens and young adults next to multivitamins. Males between the ages of 18 and 34 years consume the most energy drinks, and almost one-third of teens between 12 and 17 years drink them regularly.
Researchers concluded that drinks might be associated with a wide-ranging slew of health problem, after reviewing the current studies surrounding the risks tied to energy drinks. You might already know that energy drinks can screw with your sleep, make you gain weight, or even spike your blood pressure. But overarching evidence suggests they may lead to substance abuse, mental health problems, a higher diabetes risk, tooth decay, and kidney damage, too.
These energy drinks contain a high amount of caffeine, According to the infographic, caffeine enters the bloodstream within 10 minutes of consuming an energy drink, triggering a rise in heart rate and blood pressure.
Over the next 15-45 minutes, caffeine levels in the bloodstream peak. As a result, an individual will feel more alert and experience improved concentration. Hence Caffeine is a crafty drug that temporarily blocks adenine [a chemical involved in how tired we feel] pathways, giving you a boost while allowing ‘feel good’ molecules in the brain. Blood pressure increased by close to 5 points after drinking the energy drink. But it is just under 1 point after drinking the caffeine beverage. Blood pressure also remained elevated six hours later.
These changes are by no means worrisome for healthy individuals, the researchers say. But patients with certain heart conditions might need to exercise caution consuming energy drinks. Larger studies are needed for evaluation of the safety of the non-caffeine ingredients contained in energy drinks. “The potential risks of caffeine include a caffeine overdose which can lead to palpitations, raised blood pressure, shakes, nausea, vomiting fits and, in extreme cases, even death.
“High levels of caffeine reduce the body’s response to insulin and could lead to diabetes. “And hence high levels of caffeine have associated with late miscarriages, stillbirths, and low birth-weight babies.”
Therefore, Mixing the drinks with alcohol is a worrying trend. There have not enough research around to show the effects of such a cocktail.
So friends, intake of these sorts of energy drinks leads you to a state of ‘awake drunkenness. I may also cause a worsening of the risk-taking and impulsive behavior, violence, and accidents.
So, please beware of this!
“PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”!