Is your teenager drinking too many lattes and Red Bulls? It may be a matter of concern. A news story coming out of South Carolina recently revealed that a high school student, 16 years of age, recently passed away from too much caffeine consumption. This determination was all per the county coroner in the area.
The teenager, Davis Allen Cripe, suffered from a cardiac event, most likely resulting in arrhythmia, due to caffeine. This condition causes heart rhythm abnormalities that may create issues around the heart pumping enough blood throughout the body. This thus results in a decrease of blood, which affects organs, as well as the brain and heart.
The teen purchased a McDonald’s latte in and around 12:30 p.m. He then drank a Diet Mountain Dew and later an energy drink. He collapsed prior to 2:30 p.m., passing away at 3:40 p.m. There were no signs of a heart condition on his autopsy report, and Cripe was healthy with no other issues. There were zero signs of alcohol or drugs in his system.
CNN reported that the teens father is hoping that parents will alert their kids around the health risk potential that energy drinks may cause.
As per the American Academy of Pediatrics, youth that fall into the 12 to 18 age category should only be drinking a minimum of 100 milligrams of caffeine daily. Consumption that increases beyond these guidelines could be linked to increased blood pressure in these youngsters. In fact, it is recommended that parents encourage their children and youth to stay away from energy drinks as they contain a substantial number of caffeine within them.
Still, a study conducted in 2014 revealed that about 73 percent of kids drink some sort of caffeinated beverage, daily. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not have a guideline for kids, adults are advised to minimize their caffeine drinks to 400 milligrams daily; this equals out to four or five cups of coffee.
As many adults are aware, caffeine can improve one’s mood and alertness, and works as a stimulant. Sadly, it is also quite addictive. Too much of these types of beverages can create upset stomachs and shaky hands. Other more serious issues include, seizures, comas, and increased blood pressure.
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