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Coffee impacts teens differently

Lauren Field, Reporter

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Stayed up too late the night before school and need help keeping your eyes open in the morning? Coffee. Feeling tired after school, but you need to revive yourself for your volleyball game later that day? Coffee. Forgot about that English essay and need help staying awake the rest of the night? Coffee.

 

Coffee is the solution for all teenagers this generation. In a study conducted by WebMD News from HealthDay, 100 preteens and teens consume the equivalent amount of caffeine found in a can of soda or a cup of coffee, half being 8 and 9 year olds, and the other half 15-17 year olds. The researchers found that caffeine lowered the heart rates of the kids past puberty by 3 to 8 beats per minute. The boys were affected more than the girls. The caffeine boosted systolic blood pressure in boys past puberty to a greater extent than girls.

 

Coffee with heart-shaped cream|courtesy of Creative Commons

Coffee with heart-shaped cream|courtesy of Creative Commons

 

Researchers concluded that boys may be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than girls. Hormonal changes during puberty may play a role in how teens process caffeine.

 

“I drink on average, two cups of coffee a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I usually get my coffee from Dunkin Donuts. I like my coffee very sweet and with lots of cream. Coffee actually has the opposite effect on me, instead of making me hyper, it makes me calm and slows my heartbeat,” said McKinley Bias, a senior at AC Reynolds high school.

 

Caffeine doesn’t only affect the internal performance of teens, but also the external. Teens who drink a lot of coffee tend to stay up later at night, which can affect their academic performance because their brain is still asleep even when the wake up. Caffeine in coffee can also affect the growth on teens. The caffeine itself doesn’t harm the growth, but since caffeine makes teens stay up later, they don’t get enough sleep, which is an important factor in growing. With a Starbucks every 5 miles, teenagers are drinking coffee more now everyday, than ever before.

 

“I started drinking coffee when I was really young because my mom always let me drink some of hers. Then I became obsessed with it. It was the cause of me staying up late all the time. Now i have to have it everyday or I get a bad migraine. It’s like a drug to me now I always have to have it!” said Nikki McClure, a senior at Reynolds.

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  1. Thank You Coffee… – Life According to Ali on February 5th, 2016 12:02 am

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