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Why Teens Shouldn’t Sip Energy Drinks Before Sports Practice

Recently we talked about how energy drinks can make middle schoolers hyperactive and distracted. In case that’s not enough of an incentive to cut back on these caffeinated beverages, this new study might change their minds. According to an article published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, research shows that energy drinks could be a serious danger to adolescents’ cardiac health.

Nearly one in three teens (ages 12-19) consume energy drinks regularly. That’s a lot of teens—and a lot of caffeine.

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Energy Drinks Make Middle Schoolers Hyper & Distracted

Back in 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement that kids and adolescents shouldn’t consume energy drinks. They cited potential health risks from stimulants as the reason. To see whether this statement still held true, the Yale School of Public Health led a study about the effects of energy drinks on middle schoolers from an urban school district in Connecticut.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,600 middle school students (with an average age of 12.4). Here’s what they found: students are 66 percent more likely to be hyperactive and inattentive when they consume sugary energy drinks.

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Teen Caffeine — Coffee Affects Boys & Girls Differently

Teen boys are more affected by caffeine than their female peers, according to a new study. Whether sipping coffee or drinking soda, caffeinated beverages cause males to experience greater heart-rate and blood-pressure changes.

During the study, conducted by the University of Buffalo, 100 preteens and teens consumed equal amounts of caffeine. The pre-teens were ages 8 and 9, while the teens were 15-17 years old. The results showed that after puberty, males and females were affected differently by this stimulant.

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Friday Faves: The Surprising Effects of Energy Drinks, Teens’ Inspiring College Essays About Money, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. Despite their name, energy drinks may be having the opposite effect as promised. A new study found that instead of making teens feel energized and focused, these sugary, caffeinated beverages actually create feelings of laziness and tiredness. The same is true for sports drinks. To learn more about the side effects of energy drinks, check out the “Deadly Drinks?” story from the February 2013 issue of Choices.

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