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Energy Drinks and Your Heart

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, tone up, or just stay awake, there are hundreds of supplements offering a quick fix to your problem. But when it comes to energy supplements, health experts at Lee Memorial Health System say, consume with caution.

“If you see the word stimulant you need to be a little bit careful,” said Dr. Richard Chazal, a cardiologist with Lee Memorial Health System. He says the stimulant can increase a person’s heart rate and blood pressure.

“A lot of these also have a lot of sugar and therefore a lot of calories. For those of us who are trying to watch our weight and reduce the likelihood of developing obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, be careful. Some of them can have a lot of sodium or salt in them, and that can be problematic,” said Dr. Chazal.

Energy drinks aren’t the only concern. Dr. Chazal says pre-work out supplements or weight loss supplements can also cause health problems over time. “Some of the supplements that are taken by people who are trying to build muscle also can create some problems possibly with heart disease but also with muscles and kidney function.”

It’s important to know what ingredients are in the supplements. Creatine, for example, can clog your kidneys over time. The ingredient can be found in some energy drinks, even pre-work out supplements.

If you need a burst of energy there are other options. “The best studies available right now do not indicate that coffee or caffeine lead to heart disease” said Dr. Chazal. Just be mindful of the amount of sugar and other ingredients added to the caffeine.

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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.

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