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Consumption of Energy Drinks Linked to Blood Pressure Problems

A new study conducted by a team researchers at Mayo Clinic has found that regular consumption of energy drinks leads to several unhealthy impacts on the body.

Ashwin Subramania, News Everyday, Mar 16, 2015

The scientists found that energy drinks could leave people sleep deprived, cause attention problems in children, increase blood pressure which will thereby increase the risk of cardio related disorders.

Lead author of the study, Anna Svatikova said, "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. Now we are seeing that for those not used to caffeine, the concern may be even greater."

The study included 25 healthy participants between age groups of 19-45. Changes to the blood pressure and heart rate were regularly monitored after they were made to drink a can of soft drink or a placebo drink.

To get more in-depth readings, the scientists also gathered blood pressure and heart data 30 minutes prior to the participants being given their drink. This was then compared with other participants who drank caffeine and also with those who didn't.

The study revealed many interesting points. The consumption of energy drinks showed a direct link to the increase in blood pressure. People who drank a placebo drink did not show the same variations during the study. Furthermore, the rise in blood pressure was seen to be more prominent in participants who generally do not consume caffeine.

Among users who are known to regularly consume caffeine, the blood pressure levels more than doubled when the participants drank the energy drink.

The study goes on to prove that people with an affinity for drinking energy drinks should exercise caution and make it a point to drink in moderation. This will help to considerably reduce the health risks involved.

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