SAN ANTONIO -- In a health alert, Evan Ratner, M.D. is warning youths to stay away from energy drinks that have been linked to deaths and serious health problems.
An investigation by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) linked 5-Hour Energy drinks to 13 deaths. An FDA report also showed dozens of other people suffered life-threatening health problems, like heart attacks, convulsion and miscarriage.
Dr Ratner expressed concern because he has handled plenty of medical emergencies involving teenagers and student athletes at Impact Urgent Care.
"In some cases, they have undiagnosed heart problems," said Ratner.
He added what he considers a common problem: too many youths consuming Red Bull, Monster, and 5-Hour Energy drinks.
"They drink it, they feel the big boost. They feel it quickly. They see and they fell the response and it encourages them to drink it more," said Ratner.
Doctor Ratner thinks parents should urge their children to avoid energy drinks.
According to the FDA, Monster Energy Drink was also linked to deaths.
"I think those energy drinks are more dangerous than they are good. And, even used responsibly, you are still using a chemical shot to replace what should otherwise be accomplished by good nutrition," said Ratner.