The Doctors: Real Housewives Of Miami Star Dr. Karent Sierra
The Doctors were joined by Real Housewives of Miami star Dr. Karent Sierra. Karent is known for her high-drama appearances on reality television, but did you know that she’s also a successful cosmetic dentist? Karent, Dr. Travis Stork and the rest of the gang discussed a very important health issue: energy drinks and caffeine.
The Drs: Energy Drinks Increase Emergency Room Visits
Could energy drinks be sending you to the emergency room? They may seem unassuming, but the caffeine-packed drinks could be harmful to your health. A controversial study has found that emergency room visits due to energy drink consumption have sharply increased in the past few years. Hear more about this topic in the video below.
Dr. Travis, an ER doctor, said that many patients he sees become nervous due to high levels of caffeine. They become jittery, their hearts begin to race and they may not be used to these types of reactions. Dr. Jim Sears revealed that half of caffeine overdoses happen in teens. Surprisingly, you can overdose on caffeine. “Too much caffeine is potentially fatal,” Dr. Andrew Ordon said.
Dr Travis: How Caffeine Affects the Body
Dr. Travis then explained how caffeine affects the body. Caffeine is okay in moderation, and can help you focus and get energized for your day. However, in excess, caffeine adversely affects the human body. Caffeine binds to your body’s adenosine receptors, which blocks feelings of tiredness and fatigue. It also stimulates your sympathetic nervous system, or your “fight or flight” reactions.
With Americans consuming 15 million pounds of caffeine, there’s no denying that caffeine is a part of our culture. “We’re living in a caffeine-obsessed society,” Dr Travis said. Despite this, it’s still important to make safe choices.