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Although energy drinks are often perceived as harmless, a new case report links the beverages to liver damage,
2016/11/03 10:32
Almost one third of teenagers between 12-17 years old consume energy drinks regularly,
2016/11/03 10:32
Between 2007-2011, the number of energy drink-related emergency department visits in the U.S. doubled
2016/11/03 10:32
The man was previously healthy. He reported no changes in his diet or alcohol consumption, nor was he taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicine. He had also not consumed any illicit drugs and had no history of liver disease in his family. However, for 3 weeks leading up to his hospitalization, he had started consuming energy drinks in order to keep up with his heavy workload as a construction worker.
2016/11/03 10:33
After the 3-week period, he started developing symptoms such as general malaise, anorexia, acute abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
2016/11/03 10:34
The doctors go on to explain that acute hepatitis was most likely induced by the excessive intake of vitamin B3, also known as niacin.
2016/11/03 10:34
The authors of the case study point out that dietary and herbal supplements can be harmful to one's liver, despite their natural ingredients. Around 23,000 emergency department visits each year are related to dietary supplements.
2016/11/03 10:35
As the energy drink market continues to rapidly expand, consumers should be aware of the potential risks of their various ingredients. Vitamins and nutrients, such as niacin, are present in quantities that greatly exceed the recommended daily intake, lending to their high risk for harmful accumulation and toxicity
2016/11/03 10:36