Study: Energy drinks boost blood pressure, heart rate
DETROIT People who have high blood pressure or heart disease should avoid consuming energy drinks, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study released Tuesday.
Researchers found that healthy adults who drank two cans per day of a popular energy drink experienced an increase in their blood pressure and heart rate.
No significant changes in EKG measurements were reported.
The increases in blood pressure and heart rate were insignificant for healthy adults, but could prove harmful to people with a heart-related condition, concluded James Kalus, senior manager of Patient Care Services at Henry Ford Hospital and lead author of the study.
“Based on our findings, we recommend that people who have hypertension or heart disease and are taking medication for them to avoid consuming energy drinks because of a potential risk to their health,” Kalus said.
Researchers believe the caffeine and taurine levels in energy drinks could be responsible for increases in blood pressure and heart rate. The brand of energy drink used in the study was not identified because most energy drinks on the market boast similar levels of caffeine and taurine, a non-essential amino acid derivative often found in meat and fish. The caffeine levels in energy drinks are equivalent to at least one to two cups of coffee, the researchers noted.
The study is slated for publication in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
CDC: Influenza activity high, but flat
ATLANTA Influenza activity in the United States remained high, but flat, compared with the week prior, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on Friday.
To date, 35 states have reported widespread influenza activity, while 14 states reported regional activity. The District of Columbia and Utah reported local influenza activity; and Puerto Rico reported sporadic influenza activity.
Sunstar Americas introduces probiotic supplement designed for oral health
CHICAGO Sunstar Americas on Monday introduced GUM PerioBalance, one of the first probiotic supplements specifically created for oral health.
GUM PerioBalance is a daily dental probiotic supplement that comes in a mint flavored lozenge and is made with Prodentis, a unique blend of probiotics specifically formulated to provide oral health benefits by balancing the oral environment. It is clinically shown to reduce moderate-to-severe plaque and promote healthy teeth and gums in just 28 days, the company stated.
“Stress, illness, poor diet, or inadequate oral hygiene can disrupt oral balance, allowing bad bacteria to thrive leading to oral health problems like plaque buildup, unhealthy teeth and gums, and bad breath,” stated Nikki Lockett, marketing manager Sunstar Americas. “When taken daily, Gum PerioBalance helps keep the oral environment balanced, providing a natural defense against oral health problems.”