Energy drinks should not be confused with sports drinks. Energy drinks only give you energy and people tend to abuse the recommended serving amount, thus forming a hazardous habit. Besides the short lived energy burst that leads to fatigue, energy drinks have been known to cause palpitations, tremors, dehydration, agitation, gastrointestinal upset, chest pain, dizziness, paraesthesia, insomnia, respiratory distress, and headaches. The amount of sugar in these drinks has also contributed to the rise of obesity and type-2 diabetes.
The long-term side effects of energy drinks and supplements have not been studied enough and with the rise of teen deaths due to energy drinks, everyone should stay away from these products.
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