Teen Caffeine — Coffee Affects Boys & Girls Differently

Teen boys are more affected by caffeine than their female peers, according to a new study. Whether sipping coffee or drinking soda, caffeinated beverages cause males to experience greater heart-rate and blood-pressure changes.

During the study, conducted by the University of Buffalo, 100 preteens and teens consumed equal amounts of caffeine. The preteens were ages 8 and 9, while the teens were 15-17 years old. The results showed that after puberty, males and females were affected differently by this stimulant.

When it comes to caffeine, teens shouldn't have more than 100 milligrams per day, according to CBS News. That's the standard amount in a cup of coffee. If a teen has medical issues, including heart or sleep problems, it is best if they don't have any caffeine at all.

Consuming energy drinks isn't the best idea for teens anyway. The "Deadly Drinks" article from the February 2013 issue of Choices takes a look at why these beverages are bad news! The same can be said for soda — from tooth decay to diabetes, sugary soft drinks are worth avoiding.

Tell us: Do your teens drink coffee or energy drinks? Do you limit the amount of caffeine that they're allowed to have? Let us know in the comments below!

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