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Energy drinks increase stress and blood pressure

November 24, 2015 beninguide 0 Comments

A recent research shows that drinking 470 ml of energy drinks can increase blood pressure and stress hormones significantly.

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Experts as stated in the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 warned that such a change could increase the risk of disease kardiovasular. The discovery has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Energy drinks are marketed as a drink that can boost physical and mental performance are increasingly popular in the United States, especially in adolescents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as quoted from Medicalnewstoday, energy drinks consumed regularly by about 31% per cent of adolescents aged 12-17 years and 34 percent of adults aged 18-24 years.

“In previous research we found that the consumption of energy drinks increases blood pressure in healthy young people,” said Anna Svatikova, MD, Ph.D., a researcher from the Mayo Clinic, as quoted from

“Now we show that the increase in blood pressure was also followed by an increase in norepinephrine, a chemical stress hormones, and can lead to heart attack risk in people who are healthy,” he continued.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic conducted a study involving 25 volunteers with an average age of 29 years. This experiment is controlled with the use of placebo (treatment that does not affect that aims to control the effect of expectations).

Each participant consume energy drinks and placebo by about 470 ml in five minutes on two different days with a maximum span of two weeks. Placebo drink that has a flavor, texture and color similar, but does not contain caffeine and other stimulants that are usually present in energy drinks such as taurine, guarana and ginseng.

Dr. Svatikova explained in addition to an increase in blood pressure in volunteers, was an increase in norepinephrine levels of around 74 percent after consuming drinks energy, compared to an increase of 31 percent in people who drank a placebo.

Systolic blood pressure increased by 6 percent after the energy drink fluids, up 3 percent compared to those who drank a placebo.

“With these results we suggest that people should be cautious when consuming energy drinks due to possible health risks experienced,” said Dr. Svatikova to ConsumerReports.

“Doctors are also now should ask patients whether they consume energy drinks when he saw the vital signs that occur in patients,” added Dr. Svatikova.

Researchers food from Schmid College of Science & Technology, Lilian Were as reported, mentioned that material for energy drinks is the root of problems such as increased blood pressure. High levels of caffeine and taurine should make the teens and adults increasingly cautious when consuming energy drinks.


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