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In a recent statement, renowned cardiologist Dr. Piotr Buszman highlights the potential health risks associated with excessive consumption of energy drinks, emphasizing the impact on arterial hypertension, heart failure, and stroke.
Ingredients of Concern
Energy drinks, containing caffeine, guarana, and taurine, offer a temporary boost in performance. However, Dr. Buszman warns that their stimulant content, particularly caffeine, can elevate blood pressure, posing long-term health threats.
Regular intake of energy drinks may lead to arterial hypertension, contributing to conditions such as heart failure and stroke. Dr. Buszman also notes that these beverages can cause not only heightened stimulation but also a decline in concentration.
Studies indicate that energy drinks stimulate stress hormone production, including noradrenaline, potentially leading to disruptions in heart rhythm.
Combining with Alcohol
Dr. Buszman advises against combining energy drinks with alcohol, as the caffeine can mask the sedative effects of alcohol, potentially leading to dangerous levels of intoxication and increased stress on the heart.
Encouragingly, Dr. Buszman suggests opting for a healthier alternative like coffee, consumed without sugar and in moderation. Unlike energy drinks, coffee avoids excessive sugar and artificial additives, reducing the risk of various health issues.
As of January 1, 2024, Poland has implemented strict regulations, prohibiting the sale of energy drinks to individuals under 18, within schools, and in vending machines. The move aims to safeguard public health and address the potential risks associated with these beverages.