Energy drinks cause drastic increase in blood pressure in young adults

energydrinksA new study published by the Mayo clinic has again raised substantial concern with regard to the of high energy drinks and their ability to drastically increase blood pressure. Energy drink is particularly wide spread in teens and young adults.

The participants consisted of 25 healthy young adults aged between 19-40, who were provided with either a placebo or an energy drink. Blood pressure and were recorded before and 30 minutes after energy drink/placebo drink , and were also compared between -naïve participants (those less than 160 mg of per day, the amount frequently found in a ) and regular users (those more than 160 mg of per day).

The findings revealed a marked rise in blood pressure after the energy drink as compared to the placebo. The impact was dramatic on the young adults who do not regularly consume much . The blood pressure in these adults more than doubled after the energy drink vs. placebo.

“We know that energy drink is widespread and rising among young people. Concerns about the safety of energy drinks have been raised. We and others have previously shown that energy drinks increase blood pressure,” said lead author Anna Svatikova, M.D., Ph.D., cardiovascular diseases fellow at the Mayo Clinic. “Now we are seeing that for those not used to , the concern may be even greater. should use caution when using energy drinks because they may increase the risk of , even among young people.”


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