Coca-cola has actually KILLED a woman, doctors say
As if you didn't already know that soda was pretty bad for you, now there's further proof: a 30-year-old woman in New Zealand died of a heart attack in February 2010. Now experts are saying that her 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit contributed to her death. So, basically, soda has killed this woman. Although I quit diet soda for heart health month after a study found that drinking even one soda a day leads to a greater risk of heart attack or stroke, I went back to my bad habit recently. Clearly I need to quit soda for good once and for all, because dying just isn't an option right now.
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The woman, a stay-at-home mother of eight, died of a heart attack over two years ago but recently a pathologist, Dr. Dan Mornin, testified that she probably suffered from hypokalemia--low potassium levels, which he thinks was caused by her excessive consumption of Coke and overall poor nutrition.
Apparently it wasn't just soda that was killing her. She may have had toxic levels of caffeine (which she got from the soda) but she was also smoking 30 cigarettes a day before she suffered the fatal heart attack. Her partner testified that she drank Coke first thing in the morning and it was the last thing she consumed before going to bed, so no doubt it was a major factor in her death.
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Although the Coca-Cola company has pointed out, in their defense, that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts, there's no doubt in my mind that all of the sugar and caffeine in soda did a lot more damage to this woman than water ever could. Even so, I can barely believe how much damage it has done to kill someone who's only 30 years old! It sounds really scary, so I'm definitely giving up soda after this.
What do you think of this woman's death after drinking 2 gallons of soda a day?
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