- Despite their popularity, energy drinks have been linked to high blood pressure and elevated heart rate.
- The main elements of this type of liquid are electrolytes because they promote rapid hydration.
- Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death worldwide.
The consumption of energy drinks has become popular in much of the planet. At first they were exclusively for athletes but now anyone can eat them. The reasons are very varied and range from waking up better to simply enjoying its taste. To date, there is a wide range of options available on the market, but some critics say that they are not really beneficial for health.
Despite the fact that the consumption of these drinks is the responsibility of the person who recommends them and the person who consumes them, the general population has overlooked some suggestions about regularly drinking this type of product.
How was the new controversy generated?
Recently, some tiktokers announced that the continuous and habitual consumption of energy drinks had caused them irreversible heart conditions. For this reason, now Dr. Sanket Borgaonkar, an interventional cardiologist at the Houston Methodist Hospital reveals if this is real or fake.
“Energy drinks have been linked to high blood pressure and elevated heart rate. Also with certain heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation and all those things can put a strain on the heart. So not directly but the excessive consumption of energy drinks can certainly contribute to a problem in the heart.
To the express question of whether or not the consumption of these drinks is recommended and in which case, the specialist in structural heart diseases said that it is difficult to assert that energy drinks directly lead to any particular type of heart disease. These are more likely contributing factors to some of the conditions than those listed above.
“Of course, in patients who have underlying cardiac arrhythmia, such as atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure or coronary artery disease, or heart failure, we recommend that they exercise and exercise extreme caution when consuming energy drinks.”
Other options that are recommended and produce less harmful effects
For many people, the energy drinks They are a substitute for coffee consumption, since they provide a sufficient amount of caffeine to the body, as well as other substances that keep us alert.
In this regard, Dr. Sanket Borgaonkar said that coffee and tea should also be enjoyed in moderation. But certainly with energy drinks you have to be much more careful because of the large amount of caffeine they contain.
He added that caffeine in general is addictive, so some people may become dependent on coffee intake. Certainly people who drink coffee sometimes feel the urge for a cup of coffee in the morning, if they don’t have it they get headaches or feel jittery or feel sleepy, so that can happen with any type of consumption. of caffeine. So excessive consumption of energy drinks can lead to a dependency on this stimulant.
Finally, the Houston Methodist Hospital specialist recommended enjoying everything in moderation. Coffee and tea certainly have less caffeine content and may be a better alternative to these energy drinks.
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