A popular drink can make you more prone to blood clots

Clotting is the process of blood clots – when blood passes from liquid to form a clot. The researchers evaluated the workouts of 48 young men with a normal body mass index and an average age of 23 years.

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New Delhi: For a gym enthusiast, the pre-workout meal is the most important thing – eat or drink something that boosts endurance levels for an intense workout and doesn’t get in the way. However, a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise indicates that a popular pre-workout drink may do more harm than good, it may increase the risk of developing blood clots during exercise.
Many times people rely on caffeine to boost their endurance during a workout, whether it’s an energy drink or black coffee. It also improves concentration – but according to the study, researchers found that caffeine may increase clotting during intense workouts, increasing the risk of developing a blood clot.

How does caffeine trigger blood clots?

Clotting is the process of blood clots – when blood passes from liquid to form a clot. The researchers evaluated the workouts of 48 young men with a normal body mass index and an average age of 23 years.

In the study, participants were given a placebo followed by a caffeinated drink before a tough workout on a bike. After that, experts noted elevated clotting levels and a subsequent risk of pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, or deep vein thrombosis.

Is caffeine dangerous for workouts?

Experts have said that people should not completely give up caffeine consumption despite the results. Alternatively, they can try drinking smaller portions of caffeinated beverages for this purpose. Patients with high cholesterol, hypertension, and those who tend to smoke should avoid caffeine before exercising. This is because caffeine can dehydrate the body, laying the groundwork for blood clots to form.

What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

This serious medical condition can increase the risk of stroke and cause symptoms such as:

  1. Leg pain
  2. Chest pain
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Swelling in one leg
  5. Red or dark skin in painful areas
  6. Swollen veins
  7. Cramps in a thigh or calf
  8. Swollen veins

Symptoms can also appear in the abdomen or arm depending on where the clot is.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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