The researchers looked at a cohort of about 3,000 African American men and women with normal kidney function, and found that roughly 30% of the group who drank the most sugar-sweetened beverages were 61% more likely to develop a chronic kidney disease (CKD) than the third who drank the least. The study also measured risk factors for other diseases including heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.

The kidneys’ main function is to filter out excess acids, toxins and minerals, and to keep beneficial substances inside the body. When a person is sick, diuresis is increased to help flush the system out. Proper working kidneys are essential to proper neurological function and muscular contraction.

The combination of ginseng (common ingredient in energy drinks) with caffeine has been shown to increase blood pressure, which leads to increased risk of kidney damage. Taurine, another common ingredient in energy drinks, is not able to be properly filtered by the kidneys; leading to a long term accumulation in the body.

Taurine is an amino acid, which in disproportionate amounts causes protein synthesis problems and impairs neurological function over the long-term. The now popular combination of alcohol and energy drinks increases the risk of dehydration as well as delaying the onset of negative effects of alcohol, leading consumers to drink more.

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