The findings of a new study conducted by a team of researchers at Mayo Clinic have now found a link between several unhealthy impacts of consumption of energy drinks. It has been found that energy drinks could affected the heart, cause attention problems in children, induce insomnia and raise blood pressure, thereby increasing the risk of cardiac events significantly.
These findings are all set to be presented at the American College of Cardiology.
Furthermore, it has also been found that individuals who do not consume caffeine drinks regularly still experienced a rise in blood pressure levels following the consumption of energy drinks. The blood pressure levels of the study subjects showed no changes after consumption of a placebo drink.
“We know that energy drink consumption is widespread and rising among young people. We and others have previously shown that energy drinks increase blood pressure,” lead author of the study Anna Svatikova, explained. “Now we are seeing that for those not used to caffeine, the concern may be even greater.”
The researchers took in 25 healthy adults between 19 t0 40 years of age for the study and checked the changes in their heart rate and blood pressure after consumption of a can of commercially available energy drink or a placebo drink.
They also recorded the blood pressure and heart rates before and 30 minutes of consumption of the energy/placebo drink, and then compared them with individuals who consumed caffeine and those who didn’t.
They found that the consumption of energy drinks was linked to a prominent rise in blood pressure as opposed to the consumption of the placebo drink. What’s more, this rise was even more prominent among those who didn’t consume caffeine on a regular basis.
The overall increase in blood pressure was more than double in subjects who consumed energy drinks and those who were caffeine users already.
The researchers stress on the importance of consuming energy drinks in moderation and taking into consideration the many health risks they carry along.