A 31-year old woman from Monaco was admitted to the hospital because she started fainting. She suffered from heart arrhythmia (a condition where the heartbeat is irregular). Her potassium levels were found to be absurdly, dangerously low. These are bad warning signs, but the woman had no family history of heart or hormone problems. Then we ask, what happened to her ?
She revealed that since the age of 15, she had not drunk any water .The only liquid she consumed was soda (specifically cola). She drank about 2 liters (2 quarts) of cola daily.Can you belive it ? Like in the movie Super Size Me. But, this is not a movie and she has to face the consequences of her action.
After avoiding water for 16 years, the woman experienced the following negative effects :
- When her heartbeat was examined, it was learned that she had a lengthened interval of Q and T waves, which denote severe heart arrhythmia. The normal QT interval should not go over 450 milliseconds while her QT interval was around 610 milliseconds.
- According to the doctors, she only had 2.4 mmol/L of potassium in her blood, which is dangerously low for a woman her age.
- The woman suffered from severe dizzy and fainting spells.
After searching for other similar cases, the researchers found six reports of excessive cola consumption that were thought to be related to adverse medical problems, including heart rhythm problems.
As, soon as the doctors banned coke from her life, her health improved within just a week.The woman’s potassium levels and heart electrical activity returned to normal.
This article is for all those who are avid cola drinkers, because it is time to understand the connection between soda consumption and health risks( that include heart diseases).
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