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Offline John2038

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Too Much Cola Can Cause Muscle Problems
« on: May 28, 2009, 04:52:13 PM »
Drinking too much cola can increase the risk of a muscle problem called hypokalemia, experts warn.

In people with hypokalemia, a drop in blood potassium levels results in problems with vital muscle functions. Symptoms can range from mild weakness to serious paralysis, say Greek researchers who conducted a review of people who drank between two to nine liters of cola a day.

Two of the patients were pregnant women who were admitted to hospital with low potassium levels. One was a 21-year-old woman who drank up to three liters of cola a day and complained of fatigue, appetite loss and persistent vomiting. An electrocardiogram revealed she had a heart blockage, and blood tests showed she had low potassium levels, the researchers explained in a news release.

The second pregnant patient, who'd consumed up to seven liters of cola a day for 10 months, had low potassium levels and was suffering from increasing muscular weakness, the researchers noted.

Both patients made a rapid and full recovery after they stopped drinking cola and took oral or intravenous potassium. The case studies are described in the June issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

"We are consuming more soft drinks than ever before, and a number of health issues have already been identified including tooth problems, bone demineralization and the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetes," and there's increasing evidence that excessive cola consumption leads to hypokalemia, Dr. Moses Elisaf, of the University of Ioannina, said in the news release.

Elisaf said the three most common ingredients in cola -- glucose, fructose and caffeine -- can contribute to hypokalemia.

"The individual role of each of these ingredients in the pathophysiology of cola-induced hypokalemia has not been determined and may vary in different patients," Elisaf said. "However, in most of the cases we looked at for our review, caffeine intoxication was thought to play the most important role. This has been borne out by case studies that focus on other products that contain high levels of caffeine but no glucose or fructose."

However, "caffeine-free cola products can also cause hypokalemia because the fructose they contain can cause diarrhea," Elisaf said.

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The MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia has more about hypokalemia.


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Re: Too Much Cola Can Cause Muscle Problems
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2009, 12:58:14 AM »
Ack! I only have had two vices - cigarettes and Coke. Thanks for the info but I'm keeping my Coke.  ;)

I gave up the smoking (with the help of Chantix; for the money not the health benefits) and I've been a non-smoker for 118 days now. ;D

As I told my doctor though, I'll fix up some other unhealthy issues I might have; but I won't give up my 25-yr 2-liter a-day Coke addiction for any reason. I'm entitled to at least one unhealthy thing in my life to give it some quality-of-life  :D I firmly believe that my anti-retrovirals AND Coca-Cola have kept me alive for many a year ;D (though I used to include nicotine in that list for many years ::) :D )

Luckily my lab results for nearly everything (tcells,VL,cholesterol,trigly,blood pres, weight, liver functions, etc) have been coming back better over the last few years and have been totally stable the past year. WooHoo! ;D I've also gotten back to biking about 5 miles every three days. Not too shabby, I think for a 47 year old with HIV - especially considering I nearly didn't make it past 34 when I had PCP. So, all that Coke and no muscle problems for me. WooHoo!

But just what does one do with over 400 2-liter plastic bottles a year? ??? Have your friends supply masking tape and their imagination and hold an annual pool party where contestants enter "floats" (made out of 2-liter pop bottles ;)) into a contest where the only goal is just to make us all laugh. ;D As a take-off on Redbull's "Flugtag" event, we called our pop-bottle float contest "Pooltag". http://reigningpages.com/pooltag

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