Middle-school children who consumed more sweetened energy drinks were significantly more likely to self-report more problems with hyperactivity and inattention, according to a study in Academic Pediatrics.
The Yale School of Public Health-led study looked at 1,649 students in Connecticut and found that, “Risk of hyperactivity/inattention increased by 14% for each additional sweetened beverage consumed.” Overall, they found that, “Students reporting consumption of energy drinks were 66% more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity/inattention.”
“Results support recommendations to limit consumption of sweetened beverages and to avoid consumption of energy drinks among children,” they concluded. “Interventions to reduce sweetened beverage consumption should explicitly focus on energy drinks and other emerging sweetened beverages such as sports and sweetened coffee drinks. More research is needed to understand the direction of effects and the mechanisms behind the association between sweetened beverages and hyperactivity/inattention symptoms.”
Schwartz, Deborah L., Kathryn Gilstad-Hayden, Amy Carroll-Scott, Stephanie A. Grilo, Catherine McCaslin, Marlene Schwartz, and Jeannette R. Ickovics. “Energy Drinks and Youth Self-Reported Hyperactivity/Inattention Symptoms.” Academic Pediatrics 0, no. 0. Accessed February 15, 2015. doi:10.1016/j.acap.2014.11.006. (Abstract)
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