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Teens Should Avoid Energy Drinks due to Serious Health Risks, Canadian Health Officials Warn

Most children and teenagers should not consume sports and energy drinks, as the health risks associated with the beverages are too great to ignore, according to the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS).

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What’s the Problem?

September 26, 2017 – In a new statement issued Tuesday, CPS said energy and sports drinks are high in sugar, which contributes to weight gain and dental problems.

The products are marketed to increase energy levels and reduce fatigue, but what goes up must invariably come down, with that initial jolt followed by a crash a short time later. Caffeine also affects children differently than it does adults, due to their size and weight.

“For most children and youth, sports drinks are unnecessary,” said Dr. Catherine Pound, co-author of the statement and a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. “Energy drinks are unnecessary at best and dangerous at worst. Doctors should counsel patients and their families about the potential risks and side effects of using these beverages and should screen routinely for their use.”

Pound said too many caffeinated energy drinks in a short period of time can cause a host of serious side effects, particularly in children with underlying health conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Serious side effects effects of caffeine include anxiety, sleeping problems, heart rhythm disturbances, overdose and even death. Mild side effects include irritability, vomiting and diarrhea, Pound said.

CPA recommended that doctors should:

  • Ask children and teens about their sports and energy drink consumption, and
  • whether they mix alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks.
  • Educate the public about the potential health risks posed by caffeinated energy drinks.

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