That Energy Drink Could Cost Your Life-Experts


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August 28, 2022

Have you heard of blood clot? You probably have. For those who or don’t know it, there is something about it you need to know, and quickly too. Researchers say you could have it in its most dangerous form if you are one of those that relish taking energy drinks. Want to know how?
Blood cloth, they say, can be a tee-off sign for serious health complications, so much so that one must evolve ways of minimizing the chances of developing it. The challenge, they add however, is that some of us have a propensity for even acquiring or developing it.
How?
Habit, yes, by our good old drinking habit. According to findings published in the Journal of Surgical Research, one of our favorite drinks, the energy drink, can ‘kickstart’ the formation of blood clot within 1 hour of taking it.
They say that although blood clot is not bad in its entirety or in the ordinary sense given that in its natural form, it helps to ensure that we do not lose so much precious blood when we are injured. That way, it saves us from succumbing to preventable deaths by helping us to stem free blood flow. They say that is certainly not the case with taking energy drink.
According to the researchers, consumption of energy took a frightening upward swing in recent times. Arising from the observation, they came up with a hypothesis, concluding that its consumption may increase the risk of adverse cardiovascular events by raising levels of platelet aggregation which, in turn, can result in increased risk of thrombosis-blood clot.
Note that platelets are tiny blood cells that can be high or low. It can become too high as it is the case when induced by ingesting energy drink.
They then recruited thirty-two healthy volunteers, age ranging between 18 and 40 years, each of which was given a 16 oz of bottled water or a standardised, sugar-free energy drink on two separate occasions, one week apart. The participants consumed the beverages after an overnight fast, over a 30-minute period.
Note that an average energy drink in Nigeria, including Fearless, Bullet, Power Horse, Climax, Monster, etc, comes in 8.8 oz (Canadian) or 8.33 Oz (UK) per container.
Prior to the test, the participants’ coagulation parameters and platelet function were measured before the test and 60 minutes after consumption. The researchers found no coagulation difference that is statistically significant. However, they found significant increase in platelet aggregation in those that took energy drink, compared to those that had water. In addition, the researchers found out the ‘increased platelet activity’ took place inside 60 minutes of consuming the energy drink.
The researchers concluded however, that there is need for larger clinical studies to address issues relating to consumption of energy drinks. According to the team,
“Although larger clinical studies are needed to further address the safety and health concerns of these drinks, the increased platelet response may provide a mechanism by which energy drinks increase the risk of adverse cardiovascular events.”
But another group of Researcher from the University of Texas at Houston, were more precise in their finding and conclusion. According to them, energy drinks narrow blood vessels within 90 minutes of intake. In that manner, they reduce vital blood flow or supply to body organs. The effect is that stroke or heart attacks, among others, may manifest. They are unanimous in holding caffeine and sugar in such drinks as the real culprits.
Researchers from the McGovern Medical School at UT Health, Houston, USA, say any and every one risks the possibility of nerve or stomach problems and heart attack can ensue within one and a half hours of energy drink consumption. They add that consuming same in large quantity causes metabolic disorders, including diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Prior to the test the team, which conducted its findings, using 44 healthy, non-smoking students in their 20s, from the same institution, tested the participants’ Endothelia function to ascertain whether it was healthy or otherwise, before being given 24-ounce of energy drink. The overall health of their endothelium-function, arterial blood flow, inner diameter of the arteries and overall blood vessel health-was tested again after 90 minutes, using Ultrasound.
Endothelium is the layer lining the inner walls of the blood vessels which if damaged, plays a key role in several cardiovascular diseases.
The after-consumption test found out that the inner diameter of the arteries reduced by half on average-from 5.1 percent to 2.8% on an avaerage. Again, excess caffeine, taurine and sugar, all part of energy drinks were found culpable. The researchers added that other herbal components of the drink also affected the endothelial layer.
In particular, the identified energy drink, (very popular in Nigeria but not named here) contains 37 grams (equivalent of 9 teaspoons) of sugar in 12 ounces, 80mg of caffeine per 250 ml, equivalent to an average of 2.5 cans of cola.
The high level of sugar was observed to cause tightening (contraction) of blood vessel while caffeine was found responsible for same following its release of adrenaline, a hormone that causes the heart to pump up and raises blood pressure.
Did I hear you say, ‘Double Wahala…?
May be you need more warnings. If you do, it’s straight forward-steer clear, handle with care or look out for one or all of its effects, which include dehydration, heart complications-irregular heartbeat and heart failure, anxiety and among others, insomnia.

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