Energy Drinks

Monday, April 08, 2013

An energy drink is a type of beverage containing stimulant drugs, chiefly caffeine, which is marketed as providing mental or physical stimulation. Dr. Edward Hill discusses energy drinks and some potential health risks associated with them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Energy drinks are popular, especially with teenagers and young adults. These energy drinks are advertised to give individuals a higher energy level, to make a person feel more awake and to boost attention span.

Ingredients common in energy drinks include caffeine, sugar, guaranaa plant with seeds that contain caffeinecocoa, B vitamins and herbs, including ginseng, licorice and kola nut.

Health risks associated with energy drinks include:

Increased heart rate

Irregular heart rate and palpitations

Increased blood pressure

Sleep disturbances, including insomnia, and

Diuresis, or increased urine production

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that young children should not consume energy drinks. Caffeine may be especially harmful for children.

Energy drinks are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. However, the ingredients in energy drinks may be harmful to some individuals. Read labels for any food or drink product that you consume. If you choose to use energy drinks, make sure you understand the ingredients and serving sizes listed on the label.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.