Energy drinks aren’t just a popular summertime snack for adults, according to a new study from the University of Arizona and Purdue University.
Instead, they’ve been shown to help to reduce the risk of falls and other falls in children.
The study, published online July 28 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, looked at data from nearly 3,000 children ages 6 to 12 in the United States and Canada.
Researchers found that while children with the highest exposure to energy drinks were 2.5 times more likely to fall than those with the lowest, energy drinks didn’t appear to have any effect on falls.
In fact, researchers found that there were no statistically significant differences in falls between children who drank energy drinks and those who didn’t.
Instead they found that those who drank more energy drinks also had a greater likelihood of having falls.
The findings may have an impact on energy drinks’ popularity as they become more common, according Steve J. Stahl, a professor of public health and epidemiology at the University at Buffalo.
“The question is, is this a safe product?” he said.
“I think it’s going to have to be looked at more closely, and the evidence is that it is not.”
Stahl, who was not involved in the research, said he was surprised by the results.
He said that most people who drink energy drinks probably think they are healthy, and that’s not necessarily true.
“It’s not surprising, but it’s important to understand that there are a lot of kids out there who don’t drink and who may be at a higher risk of falling, even though they may have some evidence of the effects,” he said in an interview.
The researchers looked at the children’s behavior during a series of events that included being dropped, falling from a tall building, being pulled under a vehicle or being struck by a car.
They also looked at other factors that might increase a child’s risk of a fall, such as a person’s height, weight and body composition.
They found that the number of times a child was pulled under the vehicle or struck by an object increased by 5.7 percent when they drank energy drink.
They also found that kids who drank a lot were twice as likely to have a fall.
In all cases, they found no significant differences between children in the highest and lowest levels of exposure to the drinks.
Researchers also found no differences in the types of drinks kids drank or how often they drank them.
In the case of falling children, the researchers found no statistically meaningful difference in the likelihood of falling between those who had been dropped, fallen or hit by a vehicle and those whose parents drank the drinks more frequently.
“These results do not support the idea that children who drink lots of energy drinks are more likely than children who do not to fall, even after controlling for risk factors,” the researchers wrote.
“They suggest that consumption of energy beverages may contribute to falling risk even among young children.”
This study is important, but not all researchers agree that energy drinks should be regulated, said Dr. Paul J. Miller, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Miller said that although he does not believe energy drinks cause falls, he is worried that some children may be drinking them unknowingly.
“We need to be careful to not create a situation where we encourage children to drink,” he told ABC News.
Miller also said he thinks the findings are a bit premature because the researchers didn’t ask children to indicate how much they drank.
“They didn’t say, ‘Well, if you drink more than three or four drinks a day, you’re at increased risk of being a fall victim,’ ” Miller said.
“I don’t know if this study will be replicated.
I don’t think it will be the next big thing.
But I do think it is important to remember that this study was done in a very small number of children and they weren’t asking kids if they were drinking energy drinks.”
St. Vincent University, which sponsored the study, told ABCNews.com that the results could not be generalized to adults because the study did not assess the impact of other drinking habits, such a coffee, tea and fruit drinks, on the children.
In addition, the results showed that children with higher energy drinks consumption were less likely to be in a fall-prone position and were less susceptible to falls in the fall than children with lower energy drinks exposure.
“When you are exposed to the energy drinks that your child drinks, you are going to experience some of these effects,” said Dr: Daniel H. Schuman, associate professor at St. Vincent.
“We don’t want to have kids drinking too much energy drinks or too little energy drinks, because that is what could increase their risk of fall.”
In a separate study published in March in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, the