Different energy drinks are available on the market today, and they may not be dangerous if you drink them in moderation. However, if you you drink a lot and consume too many on a daily basis, you could end up suffering health problems as a result. For example, one man ended up with Hepatitis C and liver damage from consuming too many energy drinks every day for a period of three weeks.
A 50-year-old man was working a construction job and needed some help with energy. According to The Independent, the man was drinking up to five unnamed energy drinks per day, for a period of three weeks before he started getting ill. When he began to get sick, he started having severe abdominal pains, nausea, and vomiting. However, he just thought he had the flu and didn’t think anything else of it. That is, until his skin started turning yellow and his urine got a dark color to it. This is when he went to the hospital to get checked.
The doctor started asking the man about his dietary habits, if he smoked, drank alcohol, or did any recreational drugs. He told them what he ate and told them he did not drink, smoke, or do drugs. They then asked him if he changed anything in his diet in the last few weeks and this is when he told them about the energy drinks he was consuming and how much per day. This triggered a red flag to the doctor and tests were ordered to help determine the actual health problem he was having.
CBS News reported that after blood was drawn and once the test results came in, they found out what was causing the man’s symptoms. The man suffered from acute hepatitis C and liver problems because of the high volume of energy drinks he was consuming on a daily basis. They determined from the blood test that he had three times the normal recommended dose of niacin, also called vitamin B3, in his system.
According to the report, for a man, the recommended normal amount of niacin is about 17 mg per day, and for a woman it is 13 mg per day. However, the man was drinking energy drinks with 40 mg of niacin in each beverage, which means he was consuming more than double the daily recommended amount of niacin recommended for men to have per day with each energy drink he consumed.
The man drank five of the energy drinks per day for three weeks, which means he was taking in 200 mg of niacin per day for those three weeks. According to Live Science, the toxicity level limit for niacin is 500 mg. Although the man has acute Hepatitis C and liver problems, once he stopped consuming the drinks, the liver damage resolved itself. While the man made a full recovery, doctors were left with a great deal of concern regarding the consumption of energy drinks and the health risks the beverages pose.
By Clarissa Wilson