Discussion 8 – Coursework Example
News/ Research on EDs Research article Health Effects of EDs on Children, Adolescents and Young Adults. This article is attached. News ESC: EDs May Not Be All Bad
The concern being conversed here focuses on health implications of energy drinks (EDs). The first sentence of MEDPAGE Today article states that EDs can offer some benefits for a young, healthy heart. (MEDPAGETODAY 29 August 2012, para 1). Manufacturers of EDs promote their sale by highlighting their products for extreme thrill-seeking sports which appeal to young population. The article is supported by a picture of cans which does not imply research.
According to the research article, 30 to 50 percent young adults and adolescents consume EDs. EDs contain caffeine in an unregulated amount and bring about serious health implications particularly in children, young adults and adolescents. The research reveals that EDs may induce diabetes, seizures, cardiac anomalies mood swings as well as behavioral symptoms. The research article substantiates that in 2007, out of the reported 5448 US caffeine overdose cases, 46 percent comprise were reported to be individuals below 19 years of age. As a result, most of the nations have limited the sale as well as advertisement of EDs. The article elaborates that EDs do not hold any therapeutic significance, moreover the ingredients of EDs are unregulated as a result these ingredients or unknown agents impose toxicity which is a matter of great concern. Children are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of EDs as these drinks cause renal, cardiovascular, liver impairments as well as diabetes, seizures, hyperthyroidism in children. Besides, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits the content of caffeine in soft drinks but no regulation is imposed on EDs instead they are being promoted in articles as mentioned in MEDPAGE TODAY.
The news article states that volunteers showed tough contractile features just one hour after consumption of EDs. However, the research states that EDs are rich in caffeine and therefore consumption stimulates the nervous system. High doses of caffeine may bring serious health implications, this is the reason they are sports drinks. EDs are the infusions containing which also contain glucuronolactone, guarana, ginseng, taurine, inositol, herbal supplements, as well as artificial sweeteners, L-Carnitine, vitamin B, L-Theanine etc. Companies manufacturing EDs endorse their sale by the prominence of their products portraying them as tremendous thrill-seeking team games which appeal to adolescent population.
The comparison concludes that news articles do not reveal complete information about the research done or going around about the products, they do it partially and present misleading information, at one aspect they promote the companies by concealing information while on other side they reveal partial research information which is a matter of concern.
ESC: EDs May Not Be All Bad. (2012). Retrieved from
Sara, M., Seifert, B.S., Judith, L., Schaechter, M. D. Et al. (2011). Health Effects of Energy
Drinks on Children, Adolescents and Young Adults. Pediatrics, 127(3), 511-528.