Update: Energy Drinks Worse for your Heart than Caffeine Alone, Study Finds
April 27, 2017 – A new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association (AHA) has linked the side effects of energy drinks to an increased risk for heart problems beyond those seen with caffeine alone. The researchers suspect that the “proprietary blend” of ingredients in commercial energy drinks may prolong caffeine’s activity in the body, prevent it from being excreted, or that these substances “may have activity of their own above and beyond caffeine.”
What’s the Problem with Energy Drinks?
An October 2014 study published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health described the side effects of energy drinks and the aggressive marketing of these highly-caffeinated beverages to young people as a “significant health problem.”
Reports suggest that more than 20,000 Americans — a large percentage of which are children and young adults — are admitted to hospital emergency rooms each year for energy drink injuries. Studies have found that these products can significantly affect the heart, leading to angina, irregular heartbeats (arrythmias) and even death.
FDA Issues Report on Red Bull Injuries
In November 2012, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report (PDF) of consumer injuries linked to Red Bull. The agency listed 21 reports involving Red Bull filed since 2014, including one that involved hospitalization for heart problems and vomiting. However, the mention of a product in an injury report does not necessarily mean it contributed to or caused it, according to the New York Times.
Energy Drinks Blamed for Spike in Emergency Room Visits
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the number of emergency room visits involving energy drink injuries doubled from 10,068 visits in 2007 to 20,783 visits in 2011. Most patients were between the ages of 18 and 39; however, the largest increase was seen among patients aged 40 and over, for whom visits increased 279% from 2007 to 2011.
Red Bull Side Effects
According to Caffeine Informer, potential side effects of energy drinks like Red Bull include:
- Cardiac arrest
- Headaches and migraines
- Type 2 diabetes
- Drug interactions
- Risky behavior
- Jitters / nervousness
- Allergic reactions
How Dangerous are Energy Drinks? Huffington Post Video
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
An $85 million wrongful death lawsuit alleges that a Brooklyn man died during a basketball game after drinking Red Bull, according to the New York Daily News. 33-year-old Cory Terry’s heart stopped after gulping a can of Red Bull while playing hoops in a gym at Stephen Decatur Middle School. The complaint, which is the first of its kind to be filed against Red Bull, contends that the beverage contains “extra stimulants that make it different than a cup of coffee,” and that they are “more dangerous than what Red Bull lets on.”
Canadian Study Links TBI and Energy Drink Consumption by Teens
Teenagers who consume lots of energy drinks are more likely to get head injuries than those who don’t consume the beverages, a new study from Canada suggests. Students were asked about their energy drink consumption, as well as whether they had experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), meaning they had sustained a blow to the head that left them unconscious for at least 5 minutes, or resulted in an overnight hospital stay. Click here to learn more.
Army Issues Warning on Energy Drink Side Effects
January 5, 2017 – The U.S. military is warning troops not to consume too many energy drinks, saying it could do “some serious harm to your body.” A post on the pentagon’s official science blog last week details the health risks of energy drinks, citing a study which found that soldiers were more likely to fall asleep on duty if they consumed multiple beverages a day.
Too Many Energy Drinks Can Increase Your Risk of Hepatitis, Study Finds
November 4, 2016 – Hepatitis is a disease of the liver which is most often associated with sexual behavior or abuse of alcohol or drugs. However, a 50-year-old construction worker in Florida was recently diagnosed with the condition, with the cause being over consumption of energy drinks. His doctors determined that he was consuming 160-200 mg of niacin daily in the beverages, or more than 1000% of the recommended daily allowance.
Just 1 Energy Drink Poses Heart Risks, Study Finds
November 8 – A single can of energy drink can cause potentially worrisome spikes in blood pressure and in a stress hormone that’s a cousin to adrenaline, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After just one 16oz. serving of Rockstar, test subjects’ average blood pressure increased by 6.4%, while average norepinephrine levels went up 31%. Click here to learn more.
Do I Have a Red Bull Class Action Lawsuit?
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Free Confidential case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.