13-year-old Girl Addicted to Energy Drinks Warned of Heart Attack Risk

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 13-year-old Girl Addicted to Energy Drinks Warned of Heart Attack Risk
Energy drink abuse is emerging a major area of concern. A 13-year-old girl in the UK has been warned she is risking heart attack if she doesn't give up on Red Bull.

Naomi Haynes had always liked the buzz she got from the caffeine-laced drinks.

The horror hit home when she collapsed on a holiday with the Sea Cadets and fell unconscious. At the hospital, doctors discovered her heart rate was soaring - and warned that her caffeine addiction could cause health problems.  Since then she has been on a counselling session.

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Caffeine intoxication is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a medical condition. Symptoms include anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, stomach upset, tremors and rapid heart beat. In rare cases it can be fatal.

Barry Evans, from drug education group DRED UK, said: 'When people buy caffeine tablets like Pro Plus the packaging warns them about the dangers of using it with other drugs and what the side effects can be, and those tablets can contain much smaller amounts of caffeine than a can of energy drink.

'A can of a drink like Monster could contain four times the amount of caffeine of those tablets.

'It is a serious stimulant. You can get withdrawal symptoms including headaches, irritability, tingling in your fingers and limbs.'

Naomi is now learning relaxation techniques to ease her withdrawal symptoms after giving up Red Bull, Daily Mail reports.

Before she collapsed, Naomi noticed her heart beating 'really fast' and had had some chest pains. 'I thought it wasn't normal and I thought I should see a doctor. I don't remember much of the day I collapsed, I just remember waking up in hospital.

'When the doctors told me I could have had a heart attack I didn't believe them because heart attacks are for people my dad's age. It made me realise I had to get it sorted...It hasn't been easy but I haven't had an energy drink for four months now,' Naomi said.

Naomi had been hooked on the drinks since she was ten. At the height of her dependence she would drink seven cans a day.

The schoolgirl would spend any money she had on them, even borrowing from friends, and would smuggle cans of drinks such as Red Rooster, Red Bull and Relentless into class.

'I got a great buzz from them, but then I would feel tired and unhappy so I would have another drink to pick me up.'

Her father, Matthew, 41, first identified the problem after finding empty cans at the family home in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

What he had assumed were 'typical' teenage mood swings, were actually the side effects of his daughter's habit.

The normally quiet and thoughtful teenager became argumentative and sullen.

Mr Haynes, a full-time carer for his wife, said: 'I realised the coffee was going down and then I found loads of cans in her room. I told her it was dangerous and she promised me she would stop.'

The father of four banned coffee and asked the local shop to stop selling the teenager the drinks, some of which cost just 30p. But Naomi simply started buying them elsewhere.

Mr Haynes added: 'These drinks are dangerous and it's wrong that they can be bought so cheaply.'

Campaigners have called for caffeine-based energy drinks not to be sold to under-16s. They are banned in some schools.

Red Bull said that the drink was not recommended for children. It added: 'One 250ml can contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. The consumption of Red Bull Energy Drink should therefore correspond to a person's intake of coffee.'

Source: Medindia

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Caffeine Addiction - Caffeine Effects and Withdrawal part I

In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of caffeine addiction and the most important facts about it, as caffeine addiction is something we all must prevent in order for us to be healthy and stay that way for years. We are also going to mention some significant facts about caffeine effects and how caffeine effects may affect our body performance considerably.

Caffeine addiction is one of the most famous types of addictions in the world, just like cocaine and marihuana. Caffeine addiction sometimes has been considered a lie, but it is a really, because caffeine is a stimulant that becomes addictive within a certain period of time. Interestingly, caffeine addiction shows up when you are not expecting it, and it does not necessarily show up because we want to

Pure caffeine is, chemically speaking, a plant-based alkaloid that stimulates the central nervous system in any living creature that intakes it. Biologically, caffeine serves as a form of pest control for certain plants like cacao trees, coffee shrubs, yuba mate and tea trees; it causes insects and other pests to fall down from the effects of over-stimulation. So, just like those pests and insects that I mentioned, caffeine also produces stimulation in our central nervous system, which usually makes us feel more energized, invigorating and active.

There is something called caffeine withdrawal, which refers to the sudden denial of us to consume caffeine, and it happens when regular consumers of caffeinated products may experience painful headaches if the body is denied caffeine. These headaches are caused by excess blood gathering in the area around the brain and sinus cavities, so without the stimulation provided by caffeine, the blood vessels shrink, restricting the blood flow. The traditional cure for caffeine withdrawal is to ingest more caffeine, which is not a healthy solution and this is also why many headache medications contain small amounts of caffeine.... to be continued

How can Caffeine Addiction cause an energy rise in your body.

Caffeine is currently of the most consumed substances in the world nowadays, but many people ignore caffeine effects in the body, especially when a person suffers caffeine addiction or abuses of it somehow.

In this article I would like to point out the most negative caffeine effects on your body and what caffeine energy produces on your body, as well as mentioning some special facts about caffeine addiction.

Drinking various cups of coffees in a day is not good at all, especially if we drink it in the late afternoon or night, because the caffeine will stay in our bodies for up to eight hours, which affects our sleep.

Caffeine also affects the levels of cortisol in the body, leading to more cravings for carbohydrates and fats and mass weight onto our stomachs; abdominal fat causes bigger health risks than other kinds of fat. However, if you drink coffee in the morning and exercise straight afterwards, it can help you to burn fat 30 percent more efficiently than without taking it, because it helps to keep blood sugar levels up, making us less hungry.

Caffeine energy is understood as the energy that people usually experience when they consume caffeine. Caffeine energy usually gives our energy levels a temporary increase, but after it disappears we may suffer mild depression and start feeling lethargy, making it harder to exercise. So in other words, caffeine energy causes a quick improvement in our energy levels but it is just temporary and will cause an energy decrease afterwards making it hard for us to exercise.

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