How will energy drinks impact my health?
By Jay Hansen, MD
Sep 29, 2020
Updated Nov 17, 2023
5 min read
It’s Monday morning and you can’t find the energy to get going at work. Or maybe you are staying up late to finish that extra assignment or work project. No matter the reason, it’s not uncommon to reach for an energy drink when you want to be alert and ready for anything. Sadly, energy drinks often overpromise what they can do for your performance, all while delivering a cocktail of unhealthy ingredients that could be impacting your health in negative ways.
When you chug an energy drink, you assume you’ll feel energized. It’s an energy drink after all. And you probably will get a little pep in your step for a while. Energy drinks are full of caffeine and sugar, both of which can get your body moving temporarily. It’s all the other things that happen when you drink an energy drink that you should be concerned about. Energy drinks can:
It’s not hard to see that energy drinks can cause a myriad of health problems. The extra sugar in an energy drink might keep you awake for a while, but it’s going to contribute to insulin resistance, diabetes, tooth decay, and diabetes. That powerhouse of caffeine? It’ll push your blood pressure up quickly. Energy drinks cause health problems not because they contain sugar and caffeine, but because they have so much sugar and caffeine that it can hurt your body.
The temporary benefits of a drinking an energy drink are not nearly enough to outweigh the long term health problems. So, what can you do instead? It’s not as hard as it might seem to feel good and energized all day long.
Energy drinks promise that you’ll feel great and be energized. Unfortunately, energy drinks also come with an assortment of potential health problems. Instead of subjecting your body to a variety of illnesses, focus on treating your body the best you can with improved sleep and nutrition. You’ll feel better, and you’ll have less days where you feel like you need something just to make it through the afternoon.