Be careful with coffee and caffeine!

Last week my great aunt, 71 was standing in the living room having a conversation with her daughter. In mid-conversation she fell to the floor, unresponsive for several minutes. Paramedics were called to the scene where they eventually got her to respond and rushed her to Galachia Heart Hospital to begin testing on her. My aunt is a real hardcore coffee drinker and her large consumption of coffee caused her to faint. Turns out that she was severely dehydrated as a result of drinking too much coffee and not enough water.

According to an article on DivineCaroline.comsome
health professionals recommend one cup of water for every cup of coffee that you consume. My aunt did not do this, and on top of that she was skipping meals until dinner time. The idea of caffeine dehydration has been thought of a myth due to studies have shown that in moderation, caffeine consumption does not lead to dehydration. Yet, this was not the case. My aunt was not drinking in moderation and health officials at the hospital determined that she was indeed dehydrated. According to Mayoclinic.com, dehydration is a side effect and a sign of a caffeine overdose. If you consume more than 500 mg (four to seven cups) of coffee daily, you may experience dehydration.

Don’t faint and scare the hell out of your entire family because you’re drinking insane amounts of coffee. Sure everyone is different, but if you’re drinking coffee and start feeling weird, stop drinking so much (even if it’s a little) and go talk to your doctor. That is all!

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Monsters are killing people!

I’ve never cared for energy drinks. Sure, I’ve had a few Red Bulls, but the popular energy drink called “Monster” just looks scary to me. That creepy “M” on the black can just makes it look suspect to my well-being.The drink is a 24-ounce carbonated beverage with 240 milligrams of caffeine. That is seven times the amount that is found in a regular 12 ounce soda. Turns out the this ridiculously caffeinated drink has been linked to the death of a 14-year-old girl who died of “caffeine toxicity” after drinking two 24 oz. cans of Monster Energy drink. It has also been linked to the deaths of four other people. The deaths are all currently under investigation of the FDA

According to Livestrong.comMonster Energy drinks provide about 200 calories per 8 oz. The drink is fortified with an abundance of B vitamins, which are helpful for energy metabolism and immune system health.  can. Oh, but there’s more! On top of the mass amounts caffeine, the drink also contains 54 g of sugar. Monster Energy drinks are high in sodium: about 360 mg per can. Both sugar and sodium are related to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, and the American Heart Association recommends limiting both to prevent heart problems. Sounds  pretty bad!

Can too much caffeinated coffee really harm your vision?

Personally, I am not big coffee drinker. However, I can appreciate a nice cappuccino or hot chocolate on a chilly day, but it is nowhere near a necessity to get through the day. One research study has found that people who drink a lot of caffeinated coffee are at higher risk of developing a particular form of glaucoma called exfoliation glaucoma. This condition affects nearly 10 percent of 50-plus adults, and the study showed that heavy coffee drinking can increase the risk by 66%. Female subjects who had a family history of glaucoma were the most at risk. If you are a heavy coffee drinker now in your youth, odds are that you wont kick coffee to the curb when you get older, possibly increasing your risk for exfoliation glaucoma. What is your risk for this condition? Is this enough to deem caffeinated coffee bad for you?