Energy Drinks: Health Risks Behind the Boost

April 5, 2018

Despite the popularity of caffeine- and sugar-laden energy drinks, their adverse health effects are leaving a bad taste in doctors’ mouths.

John Higgins, M.D., a sports cardiologist at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), said athletes often ask him and his colleagues about energy drinks. Is it healthy to consume them? Do they really improve athletic performance?

“There wasn’t a whole lot of really good information out there about energy drinks, so we put together a review,” said Higgins, who also serves as a sports cardiologist for Rice Athletics and the Houston Rockets. “What surprised us … was that a lot of individuals who were consuming them were experiencing problems and having to go to the ER. We thought, ‘Something’s not right here.’”

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– TMC News

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