Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, have found that consuming a single 16oz. energy drink per day can raise blood pressure and stress hormones to unsafe levels in healthy young adults.
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Update: Case Report Suggests Caffeine in Energy Drinks May Lead to Cardiac Complications
August 3, 2016 – The high levels of caffeine in energy drinks may cause severe heart problems, according to a new case report published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The report looked at the case of a 28-year-old man hospitalized after vomiting blood, and the researchers concluded that “energy drink consumption played a key role” in the patient’s condition.
What’s the problem?
November 8, 2015 – The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests that energy drinks cause measurable increases in both blood pressure and stress hormones. These repeated effects could increase the risk of heart problems over time, according to the researchers.
The study was performed on 25 healthy adults with an average age of 29. On 2 separate days, the test subjects had their blood pressure, heart rate and blood levels of caffeine, glucose and norepinephrine tested 30 minutes before consuming either a 16 oz. Rockstar energy drink or a placebo. These measurements were then repeated 30 minutes after the volunteers finished their beverages, along with some additional stress tests.
The researchers found that norepinephrine levels increased 30.9% with placebo and 73.9% with the energy drink, which suggests that energy drink consumption causes a measurable surge of stress hormones. Blood pressure also showed a considerable increase, rising about 1% with the placebo and 6.4% with the energy drink.
With significant increases to both stress hormones and blood pressure, the study’s authors conclude that “these acute hemodynamic and adrenergic changes may predispose to increased cardiovascular risk.”
The researchers were also careful to point out that this is a pilot study, so the sample size was small and only 1 brand of energy drink was tested. “Further research in larger studies is needed to assess whether the observed acute changes are likely to increase cardiovascular risk,” the authors said.
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