Staten Island Pediatrician Offers Thoughts on the Impact of Caffeine on Adolescents

June 21, 2014

The increase in the prevalence of caffeine among children has risen substantially over the years and is beginning to grab the attention of researchers and doctors. Dr. Michael Gabriel, a Staten Island Pediatrician, offers his perspective and advice on the issue.

BOHEMIA, N.Y., June 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics, a Staten Island Pediatric Center, discusses an article, “Heart Rate And Blood Pressure: Caffeine Affects Boys And Girls Differently After Puberty” published byScience 2.0 on June 16th, which discusses new research about the effect of caffeine on both genders after puberty.

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Caffeine has become more present in food and drink products, from energy drinks to soda and popular coffee drinks. Many of these products are marketed to kids and are easily available for purchase and consumption by adolescents. The article discusses, a recent study that was conductedto research the effects of caffeine and adolescents.

The study concluded that, “boys and girls experience different heart rate and blood pressure changes after consuming caffeine. Girls also experience some differences in caffeine effect during their menstrual cycles…we found an interaction between genderand caffeine dose, with boys having a greater response to caffeine than girls.”

Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics says, “More research on the effect of caffeine and children need to be conducted before we are able to say the findings of this study are truth. However, this study is an eye-opener. We can conclude that caffeine consumption does affect boys and girls, but we aren’t sure that the long-term impacts of regular consumption are.”

Gabriel urges parents to be aware of what their kids are eating and drinking, especially when caffeine may be an ingredient because many of these products are also loaded with large amounts of sugar. “Parents should avoid giving caffeinated drinks, such as coffee or soda to young kids until we have a better understanding of how it affects the growing body.” Dr. Gabriel suggests that parents consult their pediatrician if they have any questions or concerns about what their child is consuming.

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