A man developed acute hepatitis after consuming four to five energy drinks per day for three weeks, according to a new study published in BMJ Case Reports.
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What’s the Problem?
November 4, 2016 – The case occurred in Florida when a previously healthy 50-year-old construction worker sought medical attention after developing vomiting, jaundice and abdominal pain. The patient had a pre-existing liver problem, which doctors think may have been aggravated by his excessive consumption of energy drinks.
The man originally thought he was developing a flu-like illness, but went to a doctor after experiencing other symptoms including dark-colored urine and jaundice. According to the researchers, he already had chronic hepatitis C, but these symptoms developed separately.
Tests indicated that he had elevated liver enzymes (transaminases), which are a common symptom of liver damage, as well as evidence of his chronic hepatitis C infection. A subsequent liver biopsy confirmed that he developed acute hepatitis.
To determine what had caused his condition, doctors asked the man about any smoking, alcohol, illicit drug use and diet. He reported the only deviation from the norm was his use of energy drinks, which he consumed 4 to 5 of per day over a period of 3 weeks to help get him through work.
Each bottle of energy drink had approximately 40 mg of niacin (vitamin B3), or 200% of the recommended daily allowance. Toxicity occurs around 500 mg, but in this case the 160-200 mg per day was enough to affect his liver, which had already been compromised by chronic hepatitis. His symptoms went away after he stopped consuming energy drinks, according to the researchers.
This is only the second case of hepatitis to be linked to energy drinks in the medical literature.
“As the energy drink market continues to rapidly expand, consumers should be aware of the potential risks of their various ingredients,” said lead researcher Dr Jennifer Harb. “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.”
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