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Health effects of energy drinks

11/10/2013
Health effects of energy drinks

Energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine, sugar and often additional ingredients such as guarana and taurine and are increasing consumed by teenagers. Due to the high levels of caffeine, energy drink consumption is especially alarming for youth.

  •  Energy drinks are composed of sugar and/or artificial sweeteners, caffeine and additional ingredients such as guarana and taurine.

  •  Consumption of sugary beverages is associated with increased risk for dental caries, weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

  •  Energy drinks can contain as much as 75 to 400 mg caffeine per can, with additional caffeine not included in the listed total often coming from additives such as guarana, kola nut, yerba mate, and cocoa.

  •  Lack of research and regulation associated with energy drinks, combined with reports of toxicity and high consumption, may result in potentially dangerous health consequences in children, adolescents, and young adults, according to a review of scientific literature and Internet sources.

Some of the signs and symptoms of excessive amounts of caffeine include:

  1.  A rise in body temperature

  2.  Frequent urination and dehydration

  3.  Dizziness and headaches

  4.  After the energy burst, an even greater feeling of fatigue

  5.  Rapid heart beat (palpitations)

  6.  Restlessness and excitability

  7.  Anxiety and irritability

  8.  Trembling hands

  9.  Sleeplessness.

  10.  Risk of physical dependence and addiction

Often teenagers are consuming energy drinks instead of breakfast. As a result they are often missing out on important nutrients such as Calcium and fibre.

For additional information or health concerns contact me at the school on 34518777 I work at the school each Monday and Friday.

Source http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au and http://www.cyh.com

Jo Rochester

Youth Health Nurse