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Do You Know The Health Effects Linked To Energy Drinks?

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You might reach for an energy drink or two when you need a pick-me-up, but do you know the health effects linked with them?@

5-hour Energy Drinks, based in Farmington Hills, have been mentioned in 13 death reports submitted to the FDA since 2009. This does not mean they were responsible for these deaths, but were possible factors.

"People that are taking a lot of these types of drinks, their heart's racing, their blood pressure's up, they're dehydrated, those are all a really bad combination," said Russel Zalkin, the Sparrow Athletic Club Health and Fitness Manager.

The product is distributed by a multi-million dollar company called Living Essentials, located off the I96-I696 interchange.

The company's representatives did not answer requests for interviews, but did send 6 News an official statement. In it, they say they their product is "not an energy drink, but a dietary supplement."

It doesn't require safety testing by the FDA and the company doesn't have to label its caffeine content.

Experts estimate each drink to be about 215 milligrams of caffeine.

"Cup of coffee can be about 80 [milligrams]. So you're talking two or three times that much. So when you're taking these energy drinks, you're putting an awful lot of it into your system," said Zalkin.

Lawmakers are calling for stricter guidelines for these products.

The CDO of 5-hour energy will be on the CBS Evening News Thursday responding to these claims. Hear what he has to say at 6:30p.m.

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