What can a regular energy drink do to your heart

Feeling overwhelmed by work and/or studies? Or maybe you have a test to prepare to? Well, before you get your hands on another energy drink, consider what the pros and cons are and what could just one drink really cost you.

Energy drinks have become very popular over the last decade (in particular in the United States), especially among teenagers and young adults under 24.

In fact, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), about 31% of teenagers (12-17 years old) consume energy drinks on a regular basis and up to 34% of young adults do the same.

Considering the busy lifestyles and the fact that energy drinks promise to boost both mental and physical performance, it is not surprising that the younger generation is so attracted to this beverage.

However, according to a very recent study, presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, just one energy drink (16-ounce / 400 ml) can not only raise the blood pressure, but also significantly increase the stress hormone responses.

The study was conducted by the Mayo clinic researchers and involved a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The 25 healthy participants of the study were divided in two groups and were given a 16-ounce portion of an energy drink or placebo. Researchers have then measured the systolic pressure and hormone levels.

According to the results, participants who were given an actual energy drink have shown a 6% rise in systolic blood pressure, while the placebo group had a 3% rise. Moreover, their norepinephrine levels rose by up to 74%, in comparison to a 31% in the placebo group.

The authors of the study warn that such consequences can significantly increase the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases.