According to a recent study, consuming energy drinks has been linked to an increase in the resting blood pressure in young people who do not drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis. This can increase the risk of developing cardiac problems, researchers say.
Energy drinks are increasingly popular among young adults, as per recent statistics.
Anna Svatikova, one of the lead authors of the study, explains that current and previous research has shown that consuming energy drinks increases blood pressure. The latest study, however, reveals that those who don’t usually consume caffeine drinks are more likely to be affected by energy drinks.
The new study involved 25 healthy young adults of different ages, between 19 and 40. The scientists gave them either an energy drink that is commercially available or a placebo drink. The scientists then observed the changes in the blood pressure and heart rate of the participants.
The scientists recorded the heart rate and the blood pressure of the volunteers before and after they consumed the energy drinks or the placebo drinks.
They also compared the results of the participants who were not used to caffeinated drinks with those who consume less than 160 mg of caffeine daily, and the participants who were regular caffeine users.
The analysis revealed that those who drank the energy drinks experienced an increased level of blood pressure, compared to the participants who were given the placebo drinks.
Also, the study showed that those who were not caffeine users were even more exposed to an increased risk of high blood pressure, almost double than those who drank the placebo drink.
According to Svatikova, energy drinks should be consumed cautiously because it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, even with younger people.
The researchers presented the findings of the new study that shows the risks of energy drinks and how it can increase blood pressure, especially in people who usually don’t consume caffeinated drinks, in San Diego, at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session.
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