Red alert on energy drinks
We have had many stories written about Redbull and how it causes problem for the heart. Now here are more reasons not to drink energy drinks as research shows more problems arising with the consumption of these liquids.
A recent three-year study of calls to a Chicago poison center found more than 250 cases of caffeine-supplement overdose, with 12% of those requiring hospitalization. Nearly two-thirds of the hospitalizations involved the intensive care unit. Symptoms included insomnia, palpitations, tremors, sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and chest pains. The average age of patients was 21. Another poison center study focused on Redline. Nine cases requiring hospitalization related to this specific drink were reported in the California Poison Control System database in a two-year period, with severe symptoms involved.
Here is a case of a boy who had severe stomach pains for two months and when they did an endoscopy, this is what they found:
The findings were impressive: severe inflammation, bleeding and ulcerations in a part of the small intestine called the duodenum, the portion of the intestine closest to the stomach.
When the medical team's members went back and got further history, they learned that the teen had been drinking several Redline energy drinks a day. Energy drinks, including Red Bull, Rockstar and Full Throttle, have become extremely popular over the last decade because they can give lift when needed, such as when studying for finals or partying into the wee hours.