Do Energy Drinks Raise Blood Pressure?

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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Energy drinks with huge amounts of caffeine are everywhere: Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster Energy, Full Throttle, and more. They aren’t just loaded with caffeine. These drinks also contain sugar, dyes, preservatives, amino acids, vitamins and sometimes herbs, which may be why the caffeine in energy drinks is thought to cause more harm than it does from coffee. They also tend to be consumed more quickly.
So are energy drinks getting a bad rap or is the concern legit? Well, a new JAMA study found that Rockstar raised blood pressure, and the results are impressive.
What did the study show?

Do the other energy drinks do the same? Probably. More studies are needed, but this is food for thought for sure.
Dr O.

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