Advice For Youth: Do Not Consume Energy Drinks Because of Their Colossal Side Effects

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Energy drinks come with dangerous side effects

Energy drinks are not safe for children and adolescents, and should not be marketed for them, warns The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM published an official statement on those drinks. Should energy drinks be banned for minors, teens and the youth for their dangerous side effects?

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"Energy drinks are extremely popular, but concerns about their consumption come from all sectors of society, so we have published these recommendations," said Dr. John Higgins, Associate Professor of Medicine at the McGovern School of Medicine in the University of Texas, Houston.

Children and adolescents seem to have a particularly high risk of complications from energy drinks, because their bodies are smaller, according to the statement.

The warning applies to beverages such as Red Bull and Full Throttle. “We widely emphasize the fact that they are not for minors,” the group said.

"Our review showed that the excessive levels of caffeine found in energy drinks can have adverse effects on the cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, renal, and endocrine systems, in addition to one’s psychiatry," Higgins warned in a press release from ACSM, according to HealthDay News.

"More must be done to protect children and adolescents, and also adults with cardiovascular conditions or other medical problems," he added.

Energy Drink Recommendations from ACSM

Stop marketing to high-risk groups, particularly young people. This includes the marketing of energy drinks at sporting events where children and adolescents are present.

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Do not consume energy drinks before, during, or after intense exercise. Some deaths associated with energy drinks have occurred when a person consumed those drinks before and / or after vigorous activity.

Educate consumers about the differences between soft drinks, coffee, sports drinks, and energy drinks. Education about energy drinks should be included in school classes on nutrition, health, and well-being.

Doctors should talk about the consumption of energy drinks with their patients. And health care providers are also urged to report any harmful side effects to surveillance agencies, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Poison Control Centers.

The statement, which also called for more research on the safety of energy drinks, appears in the February 9 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports. The American College of Sports Medicine is reportedly the world's largest sports medicine and exercise science organization.

Other Side Effects of Energy Drink: Overdoses and Deaths

On April 26, 2017, a 16-year-old South Carolina high school student died after drinking Mountain Dew, a McDonald's latte and an energy drink all within two hours. His death was ruled a caffeine-induced arrhythmia. Tragedies like the death of David Allen Cripe are becoming all too common in all age. See eMaxHealth's last year's coverage discussing how Energy Drink makers are causing overdoses and deaths.

Choose Natural Alternatives to Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are increasingly associated with potential health problems ranging from a rise in blood pressure to heart rhythm changes and caffeine toxicity. Natural energy boosters can be a safer, healthier choice for both you and your family. This is why forget Energy Drinks, try these 7 natural energy boosters as alternatives to energy drinks.

Do you consume energy drinks? Have you noticed any negative side effects after consumption? Please let us know.

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