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"I Watched Him Turn Blue To Gray": Woman Shares Serious Warning About Energy Drinks After Her Husband Passed Away

Date November 14, 2018 18:27

Sounds impossible, but an energy drink can lead to a person's death. These drinks are made out of sugar and caffeine, and their main benefit is an extra burst of energy. However, it seems crazy to think that it can lead to major complications. Cassondra's story teaches an important lesson.

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"I woke up to hear him gasping"

Cassondra shared with LoveWhatMatters how her husband went into cardiac arrest in 2011. She woke up that fateful Saturday morning and immediately knew that John, the father of their three kids, was in trouble.

I woke up to hear him gasping. I thought in that moment, ‘Is this actually happening? How is this happening?

In a moment, it became clear that her 41-year-old husband was having a cardiac episode. She called 911 and an operator walked her through the process of performing CPR.

As I watched my husband turn blue to gray I cried to God to PLEASE not take my husband! I begged him not to leave me and the boys and told him how much we love him and need him.

Eventually, paramedics took John to the hospital. Doctors were initially at a loss as it was not normal for a healthy man in his early  40s with a strong heart, to suddenly suffer an episode like that. 

When Cassondra told them he drank an energy drink daily, they suspected it could have caused a spike in his sugar levels. In addition, John's caffeine levels were high as well.

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John remained unconscious for two weeks. He was eventually declared brain dead. Then, on February 19, 2011, Cassondra and her children said their goodbyes as he was taken off life support. 

The dangers of energy drinks

According to a study published in 2017, energy drinks were shown to affect person's cardiovascular health. Taking them frequently can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, and death. The World Health Organisation has advised that energy drinks may be dangerous for life. 

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If you do need to boost your energy, you can try these healthier options:

  1. Exercise: This causes the body to release hormones, such as epinephrine and norepinephrine, that can make you feel energized. 
  2. Eat the right food: Instead of eating three large meals a day, try breaking it down to a few small meals. Go for energy-boosting foods with a low glycemic indexes, like whole grains, high-fiber vegetable, and healthy oils.
  3. Water: You may experience tiredness or fatigue when your body is short on fluids. Instead of going for energy drinks or soda, try drinking water.

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Based on Cassondra's heartbreaking story and studies that support John's doctors theories, it's pretty clear that taking energy drinks off your daily diet may not be the worst thing after all.

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