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Energy Drink Health Risks

Dr. L.A. White also points out that the drinks can cause drowsiness in consumers instead of a boost of energy. Dr. L.A. White also points out that the drinks can cause drowsiness in consumers instead of a boost of energy.

Using an energy drink to get you through the day could be doing your body more harm than good.

Just one of these drinks has 25 hundred milligrams of what they call an energy blend..

That "blend", which includes several types of sugars and caffeine, can lead to rapid heart rate, numbness in your hands and feet, and sever headaches.

Some of the drinks contain vitamins and proteins, supposedly to help consumers lose weight.. But this doctor says it's just not possible.

Dr. L.A. White says, "It makes your blood sugar go up, which makes your insulin go up to make the sugar go down. Insulin is a hormone that makes your body make fat, so the result is if you drink a lot of this you are probably going to make fat."

White also points out that the drinks can cause drowsiness in consumers instead of a boost of energy. "The idea that an energy drink is going to give you an immediate boost of energy is not completely valid. Most studies I have read says when blood sugar goes up, people get sleepy"

White suggest eating a balanced diet and getting eight hours of sleep a night. If you still need an extra boost in the morning he suggest breakfast.

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