Just one energy drink can hike heart disease risk

Even in healthy, young adults

Just one energy drink may crank young adults’ heart disease risk, according to research from the Mayo Clinic.

In a small study, a 16 ounce energy drink spiked blood pressure and stress hormones that researchers believe could “predispose an increased risk of cardiac events,” according to the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In previous research, we found that energy drink consumption increased blood pressure in healthy young adults,” Anna Svatikova, MD, PhD, lead author and Mayo Clinic cardiology fellow told The Independent.

“We now show that the increases in blood pressure are accompanied by increases in norepinephrine, a stress hormone chemical, and this could predispose an increased risk of cardiac events – even in healthy people.”

The randomized, double blind study included 25 healthy adults with an average age of 29. Participants drank a 16 ounce energy drink and a placebo drink within five minutes on two separate days. After chugging the energy drink, participants’ blood pressure increase, and their norepinephrine levels jumped by 74 percent. Levels of the hormone increased by only 31 percent after drinking the placebo.

Will this new information effect sales? Probably not. Despite safety concerns, energy drinks and shots are expected to remain popular, primarily with older Millennials who may be transitioning to parenthood, according to Mintel research.


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