The maxim says excess in all night. A truth that seems to have come true in the life of Lee Kamen, a bar owner from northern England. The man recently told a local press that his excessive consumption of energy drinks had caused him to have a heart attack. Since then, Kamen has been physically impaired, with his heart under medical care for three years now. He said he wanted to share his experiences to prevent others from finding out about his problems.
“Stores shouldn’t sell it to kids”
Lee Kamen had a heart attack three years ago in 2017. A crisis that had led him to hospital and heart surgery. In Kamen, he was placed in a stent, a device that helped keep the arteries open enough to keep blood flowing, particularly to the heart. The reason for this sudden heart attack was his heavy consumption of energy drinks for a whole year. “I drank between eight and twelve energy drinks a day, Red Bulls and Monsters. (…) I worked and drank a lot to cope with it. It took about a year, ”Lee Kamen told the media.
And if Kamen, now 53 years old, decided to share his experience, it is that many are aware of the risk of overconsuming these types of beverages. And especially for him, to draw attention to their ease of access to children. “I had absolutely no idea that it was bad to drink (…) stores shouldn’t sell it to children,” he added; neither “big supermarkets” nor “small mini markets”.
An existing risk …
Consuming energy drinks, scientists say, can increase blood pressure and heart rate, and “decrease important markers of blood vessel function”. Likewise, according to the American Heart Association, an American non-profit organization that works to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke; “236 ml” energy drinks are enough to raise your blood pressure and cause cardiac arrhythmias.
But not only. “Energy drinks could also be harmful to teeth because of the sugar and their high acidity.” Éloïse Tamblini, a young resident of Quebec, Canada, had lost almost all of her teeth at the age of 24, with only 05 remaining due to her heavy consumption of energy drinks.
Scientists are still investigating the reasons for these side effects of energy drinks on the heart, but according to experts, many indicators point to caffeine levels. An energy drink contains approx. 80 mg of pure caffeine per 236 ml. In addition, other ingredients of these drinks also contain this substance, which makes it a drink rich in caffeine. However, good caffeine consumption shouldn’t exceed 400 mg per day. And bottles or cans clearly exceeded the capacity of 236 ml.