Caffeine Consumption Dangers

It's in many of the drinks we consume daily…caffeine.

But a South Carolina teen died in April after drinking a soft drink, a latte, and an energy drink.

News 13's Tyler Waggenspack tells us what he found regarding the dangers of caffeine consumption.

"Anything you put in your body, you always have to worry about the reactions.”

It's a common "pick me up" for many Americans....caffeine. For teenagers sometimes combining coffee, energy drinks, and sodas can be dangerous. One South Carolina teenager even died of cardiac arrest after several drinks in a short time.

"Any amount of caffeine will cause a stimulant effect to some people," said Travis Scoresby, PA-C from the Community Health Center of
Central Wyoming.

Caffeine can be found in coffee beans and tea.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teenagers should drink only one 100 milligrams a day.

"And actually, even if it's just a little bit of caffeine, especially if it's a younger person, you don't know how you're body is going to react. Your metabolism is pretty exponential," said Andy Dunn, M.D. from the Wyoming Medical Center

However, it can be more of a problem for those with medical problems. Teens or adults with underlying conditions such as heart problems can be more sensitive.

"You really need to be cautious of this, palpations, when you feel a thumping or a flutter in your chest, you have to be careful. Any kind of cardiac abnormality or congenital abnormality, you want to be careful."

Caffeine can also cause panic attacks or anxiety.

"It can physically manifest into arrhythmias as well."

And it's good to watch how much is consumed.

"You always talk about moderation and be self-aware of what it does to you, not only physically, but socially as well."

Parents should also monitor how much caffeine their kids consume.

Doctors also say drinking plenty of fluids or water can help flush out
excessive caffeine.

Doctors add that having food in your stomach slows down caffeine effects.