According to a Study, there are indeed long term health implications of energy drinks on children and the conditions like ADHD could be triggered by consistent consumption of such drinks by young school-going children.
Over the past few years, several studies have been conducted to ascertain the effects of energy drinks and beverages with high sugar and caffeine content on middle-school children. Many of those studies have found a close link between occurrences of ADHD and the level of consumption of energy drinks. The findings of a recent study by a research team from Yale University is also increasingly pointing towards a similar inference.
As part of the study, over 1,649 middle-school students randomly selected from a single urban school district in Connecticut were were surveyed. Post the study, it was found that over those children who consume “heavily sweetened energy drinks” are 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity (ADHD) and inattention symptoms. In fact, authors of the study have gone ahead and recommended a complete avoidance of energy drinks thanks to their high sugar and caffeine content. Apart from an increased risk of ADHD, the research team also found some other interesting statistics.
Boys were more at risk from ADHD, owing to the fact that they were more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. Among boys, it was found that black and Hispanic boys were more likely to consume energy drinks than their white peers, and consequently, they were at more risk from ADHD.
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