The 26-year-old drank 28 cans of Red Bull a day and ended up in the clinic
All consumers should be aware that Red Bull is not a health-promoting drink. The example of 26-year-old Lena Lupari from Northern Ireland, who according to media reports, consumed an unbelievable 28 cans of Red Bull a day, shows what health damage the energy drink can actually cause. The mother of three developed so-called idiopathic intracranial hypertension (excessive pressure in the brain) as a result of the excessive consumption of the energy drink, reports the British daily "Daily Mail". She collapsed and had to be hospitalized for several days.
The young mother said she was not aware of the damage she caused to her body from the excessive consumption of Red Bull. Although she had been suffering from headaches and migraines regularly for years, she simply ignored them or treated them with painkillers. The complaints did not prompt her to change her energy drink consumption.
The young woman grew fatter and her eyesight gradually decreased until she was almost blind. The 26-year-old eventually collapsed and was hospitalized on June 18.
3,000 calories a day
In the clinic, the doctors found an idiopathic intracranial hypertension, which by definition describes an increased intracranial pressure without an identifiable cause. Since being overweight is considered to be a significant risk factor, the doctors see a connection with the drastic weight gain of the young Irish woman. This weighed 165 kilograms when it was posted. The woman's overweight is in turn caused by the intake of more than 3,000 calories per day with the energy drinks. The other ingredients in Red Bull may also have contributed to the development of brain swelling.
For example, a 250 milliliter can of Red Bull contains 80 milligrams of caffeine, which increases the heart rate, making the energy drink unsuitable for patients with high blood pressure or coronary artery disease, the Daily Mail reports.
Education on the health risks of energy drinks is required
The 26-year-old mother says she has not touched another can of Red Bull since her discharge from the hospital and has lost around 12 kilograms. However, it seems quite worrying that the young woman only became aware of how harmful 28 cans of Red Bull a day can be through a hospital admission. Better information for consumers seems to be urgently needed here in order to actually reach all social classes and to avoid comparable cases in the future. (fp)