Acute hepatitis after excessive consumption of energy drinks?
It has long been known that energy drinks are hazardous to health. After high consumption, for example, rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure may occur. A case from the United States now suggests that the stimulants could also pose a risk to the liver.
Energy drinks are a health hazard
A high consumption of energy drinks can harm health. For example, it is known that such drinks - especially in combination with alcohol - can be a risk to the heart. But the sugar-sweet drinks are also not pure, as reported on the website "personalise.co.uk". There is a graphic that explains what happens in the body after a can of Red Bull.
After the caffeine high you get tired again
Among other things, it can be seen that ten minutes after drinking such a drink, you have taken in the amount of nine sugar cubes. In addition, the caffeine increases heart rate and blood pressure. Later there is a “sugar crash”. Then the short caffeine high dies down again. The sugar is processed by the body and partly converted into fat. As a result, you get tired again, feel irritated or nervous.
Excessive consumption may harm the liver
A high consumption of energy drinks is even more harmful to health. For example, last year a young woman from Northern Ireland was reported to suffer from short-term vision loss and massive brain pressure after consuming 28 cans of Red Bull. And now there are indications that excessive consumption by the watchmakers can also damage the liver.
Sweet stimulants hepatitis
According to media reports, a 50-year-old man with symptoms of acute hepatitis came to a Florida hospital: nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, and other signs suggested liver inflammation.
The vitamin B levels in his liver were also extremely high. The diagnosis was quickly confirmed with the help of a biopsy.
According to the responsible medical officers, who report on the case in the specialist magazine "BMJ Case Reports", it was initially unclear what triggered the inflammation. As a result, there were no signs of the usual triggers of acute hepatitis - such as a viral infection, excessive alcohol consumption or drugs.
The patient's condition improved after the waiver
The team led by Jennifer Harb from the College of Medicine at the University of Florida conducted several studies and finally found that the patient had consumed four to five energy drinks a day for three weeks.
According to a report by CNN, the scientists reported that the patient's liver damage "occurred immediately after the excessive consumption of energy drinks and recovered after the products were discontinued." According to the information, the man was able to leave the clinic on the sixth day.
Scientifically not confirmed
According to CNN, hepatitis cases have been linked to energy drinks in the past. Although there are no scientific studies to support the assumption, the high vitamin B3 content (niacin) in the drinks could possibly increase the risk of liver disease.
Donnica Smalls, spokeswoman for the viral hepatitis center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said: "Energy drinks are not a source of viral hepatitis."
Even in the cases that have become known so far, scientists suspect that other triggers were added. (ad)