Energy drinks are bad for our health, yet many still drink them. The drinks have long been proven to have adverse side effects on the body and new research shows that when kids consume them, they can face serious and potentially deadly side effects.
The new research shows that there were more than 5,000 cases of people who got sick from energy drinks. These cases were reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers between 2010 and 2013. More than half of those cases were in children who did not realize that they were drinking an energy drink- they found energy drinks at home and assumed they were soda.
Energy drinks typically contain high levels of sugar and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, if not more. The energy drinks also have a lot of other energy-boosting ingredients, mostly synthetic.
Dr. Steven Lipshultz, the ER doctor who began this study, started noticing that a lot of children who had consumed energy drinks started coming into the emergency room sick in 2007. Dr. Lipshultz and his colleagues started tracking data from poison control centers around the world. In 2011, they found that the number of cases who reported illness associated with energy-drink consumption had skyrocketed and caused heart problems, liver damage, seizures and even death in severe cases. Another study had found that energy drink consumption grew exponentially between 2005 and 2011. The study that Dr. Lipshultz and his colleagues conducted found that about 40% of the cases involved children younger than the age of 6.
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