They’re advertised everywhere and they available everywhere but why do people still insist on drinking them? Especially considering that they’re loaded with sugar, caffeine, and a host of other ingredients that may cause serious side-effects.
The list of adverse effects goes on and on… nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and an stomach upset are just some of them. The massive sugar content found in most energy drinks can send blood sugar levels racing.
When combined with the caffeine, the desired effect can really be an energy boost…albeit an unnatural and potentially dangerous one at that.
It’s been said that what goes up must come down and when it comes to a spiked blood sugar level, the ‘come-down’ part is more of a plummet which could leave the person worse off than he/she originally was.
The elevated caffeine not only stimulates the kidneys to work harder…increasing the rate of urination and leading to dehydration, but could also lead to arrythmia, which is commonly known as an irregular heartbeat.
Now, scientists in Australia suggest that energy drinks may increase the risk of heart issues even further after their research was published in the American Journal of Medicine.
According to the study, consumption of energy drinks was linked to an increased risk of blood clotting, reduced blood vessel functioning, and a significant increase in arterial blood pressure. These are all risk factors which can be associated with a heart attack.
The moral of the story is that if you enjoy drinking energy drinks, it may be a good idea to reduce your intake to one or two a week instead of one or two a day.