It’s not exactly a secret that drinking too much soda won’t do a get deal for your health – most of us are taught this lesson by our kindergarten years. However, today brings another rather stark reminder of why excess is never a good idea when it comes to readily available carbonated goodies.
A 31-year-old woman from Monaco found herself being whisked to the ER after suffering what seemed to be a heart attack. It was only when the doctors began examining and questioning the woman that she revealed her drink of choice – she hadn’t had a drink of anything else but soda for nearly 20 years.
As it turned out, she had suffered a bout of arrhythmia caused by long QT syndrome.
Requesting that her identity be kept under wraps, the woman told the doctors that nobody in her family tree had any kind of heart problems and she herself had no known defects. It was all rather puzzling to the docs, but she’d then go on to inform them that since the age of 15 she hadn’t drank a single glass of water to her memory and instead downed at least two liters of cola per day.
Tests revealed that the patient’s potassium levels were at rock-bottom and needed to be raised urgently. Potassium is known to be a key contributor to a healthy heart and a strong, stable hear rhythm. As such, she was prescribed supplements, told to lay off the fizzy drinks for a while and found herself back in the prime of health after just a week.
So the case can be added to a growing list of cautionary tales warning the world of the dangers of soda-binging over the long term. Quite recently, one Natasha Harrison from New Zealand died at the age of 30 from health complications apparently caused by a diet that included cola by the gallon on a daily basis.
There’s also the case of Jakki Ballan, a 42-year-old from the UK who has developed what seems to be a medical dependency on Coke. She has ended up having to drink a can of the soda every single hour or be struck down by incapacitating headaches.