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High amounts of sugar and caffeine can aggravate underlying heart issues, causing fatal arrhythmias

To many adolescents and young adults, energy drinks have become essential for getting through the day. But they carry a serious risk of sudden death, a new study finds.

An international research team, led by Dr. Fabian Sanchis-Gomar of Madrid, Spain, has concluded that energy drinks are the cause of many sudden cardiac deaths in young, healthy individuals.

The main concern is that these beverages can easily aggravate underlying heart issues. Because of their high amounts of caffeine and sugar, dangerous arrhythmias can easily develop in the hearts of young people who drink them.

Many people already balk at the high amounts of labeled caffeine on these drinks. The problem is that there are many additional sources of caffeine that are “masked” by the labeling.

"Masked" caffeine
Ingredients such as guarana, ginseng, and taurine have caffeine concentrations that are equal to, or higher than, caffeine found in coffee. Ingesting high doses of any of these substances can be very dangerous.

Roughly 31% of adolescents from ages 12 to 19 consume energy drinks on a regular basis. An even higher number of people use alternatives to these beverages, such as gums or inhalers. The high amounts of caffeine in all of these products is causing serious harm, the study found. Of the 5,448 caffeine overdoses reported in the United States in 2007, 46% of them occurred in people under the age of 19. The question is, how can we halt this trend of overconsumption by young people?

Dr. Sanchis-Gomar and his team came up with several guidelines to keep young people from over-indulging. They caution that:


  • One can (250 mL) of an energy drink per day is safe for most healthy adolescents.
  • Energy drink consumption before or during sports practice should be avoided.
  • Adolescents with clinically relevant underlying medical conditions should consult cardiologists before drinking energy drinks.
  • Excessive energy drink consumption together with alcohol or other drugs, or both, may lead to adverse effects, including death.
  • In the study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Sanchis-Gomar goes on to say alerting physicians to the dangers of energy drinks is extremely important.

“It is important for physicians to understand the lack of regulation in caffeine content and other ingredients of these high-energy beverages,” he said. Knowledge and awareness are key to providing safety for young people.
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/new...-in-young-people-researchers-find-040315.html

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I think that the manufacturers recommended maximum 2 per day but i am guessing it is not safe more than one.
 

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Had a can of Monster once on a nightshift a couple of years ago, my heart rate shot through the roof, it proper freaked me out. Never had an energy drink since and never will again.

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About 5 years ago i got ahold of a crate (48 cans) of rockstar guava and demolished about 40 cans in two weeks, whilst drinking copious amounts of coffee AND taking Tribulus, I had bad heart palputations and was ill for 3 days, resisted going to the hospital because i hate going to hospital, i think i've drank two cans since then.
 

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About 5 years ago i got ahold of a crate (48 cans) of rockstar guava and demolished about 40 cans in two weeks, whilst drinking copious amounts of coffee AND taking Tribulus, I had bad heart palputations and was ill for 3 days, resisted going to the hospital because i hate going to hospital, i think i've drank two cans since then.
Long time ago I drank 3 pints of strong peculated coffee with a mate after we ran out of beer, I never got any sleep. Next day I went to a rave and took some things that might not have been legal, didn't sleep. Next day I had an afternoon sesh, got home had a couple of cups of coffee then I started to get pins and needles down one arm and my heart was beating fast but irregularly and seemed to be thumping on my chest.

I thought I was a gonna that day, lasted about 12 hours, had to get the ambulance and everything.
 

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When I was in college someone donated a bunch of cases of Rockstars and I started drinking them like juice, but it didn't really do anything for me. Like literally I would drink one half an hour before I went to bed and it wouldn't affect me. Obviously that's me and maybe it just didn't affect me in my college days but I wouldn't recommend anyone do that.
 

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When I was in college someone donated a bunch of cases of Rockstars and I started drinking them like juice, but it didn't really do anything for me. Like literally I would drink one half an hour before I went to bed and it wouldn't affect me. Obviously that's me and maybe it just didn't affect me in my college days but I wouldn't recommend anyone do that.
It is good that you cannot be affected. I had 1 yesterday 2-3 hours before bed and than i was unable to fall asleep for 6-7 hours.
 

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Yeah when I have it at work I have to sip it a little at a time so it will actually help me out cause otherwise it just wears out on my pretty quickly. Otherwise five hour energy, redbull and Rockstars don't have an affect on me. However, like I said Monsters do affect me which is why I will drink them once or twice a week to help me at work.
 

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This could use a bump, too.
 

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Like I said in another thread I drank monsters on a regular basis and I got so wired on it that working without them was like working in a haze. Now I'm glad that I got off of them because I was able to live without the effects of a monster on a regular basis.
 

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Years back Diego Sanchez posted something on social media about medical marijuana giving him negative health effects. I remember reading it and thinking his symptoms sounded more energy drink related than weed related. I wonder what that was all about.

The issue here could be body weight. The amount of caffeine a 170 lb adult can safely handle. Could be a double dosage for a 85 lb adolescent. People tend to forget to factor body weight into medication/alcohol/drug/energy drink consumption.

Many seem to have had bad experiences with energy drinks. They might be even more deadly when mixed with alcohol.

I wonder what happened to all the smart people who could normally be relied on to tackle this type of topic. They all disappeared.
 

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Well with regards to the smart people who have all disappeared, have you seen what is happening to our culture. Objective data is slowing starting to become irrelevant if there is an agenda.
 
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