Energy drinks may cause health problems for children

New research published in the journal Public Health reported that energy drink consumption among young people was linked to poor sleep quality and short sleep duration as well as lower academic performance compared to that of children that didn’t consume energy drinks.

Energy drink consumption was also associated with an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms, psychological distress, depression, anxiety, insulin resistance and dental issues, researchers said. A total of 57 studies showed that boys consumed more energy drinks than girls. 

"This review adds to the growing evidence that ED consumption by children and young people is associated with numerous adverse physical and mental health outcomes," the study's conclusion stated. "Where feasible and ethical, additional longitudinal studies are required to ascertain causality. The precautionary principle should be considered in regulatory policy and restriction of energy drink sales to this population.

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