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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

4 Liters of Cola is not Healthy

Coca Cola
Chronic hypokalemia due to excessive cola consumption, a case report in Cases Journal

A 52-year-old man was noted to have severe chronic hypokalemia despite discontinuation of diuretic treatment for hypertension and aggressive oral potassium supplementation. His serum potassium normalized temporarily when he was hospitalized, but hypokalemia recurred after discharge. He complained of generalized weakness and fatigue, and occasional loose stools. Physical examination showed mild generalized muscle weakness. Laboratory testing ruled out renal potassium wasting. A dietary history revealed that he was consuming 4 liters of cola per day, with a calculated fructose load of 396 grams per day. Since fructose absorption in the small bowel is relatively inefficient, this probably led to an osmotic diarrhea and GI potassium wasting. Physicians should ask their patients about soft drink consumption when they encounter unexplained hypokalemia.


Aqua said...

It's hard to believe anyone would even consider that 4 itres of cola might be okay to drink everyday. Does beer do the same thing? I ask, not because of myself, but because an adored on is drinking 6-8 beers a day and I am trying to find really good reasons why it might be a good iea to slow down (other than liver amage etc.). They keep telling me it's "food" and they eed the calories (they aren't eating until 6-7pm and work at a very physical job.)

Dr. Shock said...

You can tell them that many brain cells get ruined but more troublesome is their dietary status. They will be missing a lot of vitamins due to their large intake of calories without any useful stuff for their body.

ashley alfred said...

Carbonated beverages with sugar (like cola drinks) aren’t especially healthy when consumed in large amounts. They contain no nutrients, large amounts of sugar, phosphate and are acidic. The sugar and acid can contribute to tooth decay. Scientific studies have shown that consumption of soft drinks as few as one or two a day can lead to many health problems such as obesity,diabetes, tooth decay, osteoporosis, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, and many neurological disorders. Coke and most of the other soft drinks contain phosphoric acid which has a ph of 2.8, it leeches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis and you might break your bones as they will be so weak because of lack of calcium. Ashley Alfred- Hinduja Hospital.