Energy Drink Addiction Is Real As 32-Year-Old Mother Learns The Consequences
5The doctor’s verdict
After a few checkups at the local hospital, Samantha was greeted with very bad news. She would have to have a pacemaker fitted as she was experiencing blackouts and was also diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat. She is a mother of three and in February 2018 she had the pacemaker fitted in.
6After getting the bad news
This was a wakeup call for Samantha who spoke about it to the media. She said that she was devastated when she learned what had happened to her. She said that she did not know things could get so bad drinking these energy drinks and now wants to spread awareness to the children who consume them on a regular basis.
7Why she started drinking these
Samantha said in interviews that she has three children and worked in the evening so she needed something to get her through the day. That is why she began drinking energy drinks that gave her energy and made her a bit hyper. She kept drinking them for around four years without even once realizing what she was putting into her body.
8The aftermath of four years
For four years Samantha kept having those energy drinks while slowing increasing her intake amount till she reached 6 cans a day. Little did she know each can contained half the day’s worth of sugar and together contained very high levels of caffeine. Many reports have linked the intake of high levels of caffeine with irregular heart rate and faster breathing.
9The effects started showing
After four years of consuming these drinks non-stop, their effects started showing. She said that she was on the verge of getting type 2 diabetes. She also told the media how she began fainting at home. She works at a pub and when she got home she suffered blackouts. She even said it got so bad that her heart would beat at around 20 beats a minute.
She said that she’d drink one and would suffer from headaches and would be grumpy all day. This would require her to have another one just to be able to function all day. This is when she started feeling her addiction towards these drinks. She said she would get an overwhelming feeling of doom and would experience shakes.
11The worst case of all
The worst thing to come out of all this was the damage to her heart. She said that she developed a second-degree heart block. In this condition, the heart has difficulty sending electrical impulses due to which the heart beats wrongly. The people who suffer from this condition face dizziness and shortness of breath.
12The cure for these problems
The doctors after close examination came to the conclusion that she needed a pacemaker. A pacemaker is a small device that sends artificial electrical signals to the heart that allows it to beat perfectly in time. This was a high price to pay for something that even her family warned her about.