Too Much Cola Zaps Muscle Power
Excessive cola consumption can lead to anything from mild weakness to profound muscle paralysis, doctors are warning.
This is because the drink can cause blood potassium to drop dangerously low, they report in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.
They tell of the curious case of an Australian ostrich farmer who needed emergency care for lung paralysis after drinking 4-10 litres of cola a day.He made a full recovery and was advised to curtail his cola drinking.
We have every reason to think that it is not rare warns, Dr Clifford Packer, from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Centre in Ohio.
Another example included a pregnant woman who regularly consumed up to three litres a day for the last six years and complained of tiredness, appetite loss and persistent vomiting. A heart trace revealed she had an irregular heartbeat, probably caused by her low blood potassium levels.
Once she stopped drinking so much cola, she made a full and uneventful recovery.
The investigators believe these cases are not atypical and that many people risk problems due to their intake.
“We believe that further studies are needed to establish how much is too much when it comes to the daily consumption of cola drinks.”
Said Dr. Moses Elisaf
Excessive consumption has already been linked with obesity, diabetes and tooth and bone problems.
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