Energy drink link to diabetes: Combination of caffeine and sugar causes glucose and insulin levels to ‘spike’ in teenagers

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The combination of caffeine and sugar in energy drinks cause teenagers’ blood glucose and insulin levels to ‘spike’, new research warns.Adolescents who consume the popular drinks may suffer subsequent problems bringing blood sugar levels down to normal, which have been linked to diabetes in later life, the study found.Consumption of trendy caffeine-containing energy drinks has soared over the last 10 years.Despite a warning label stating they are not recommended for ‘children’, researchers say the drinks are ‘aggressively marketed’ to, and increasingly consumed by, children, teenagers and young adults.

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