Here's some (Or many) bad news for cola lovers out there.
Apparently, cola is not only bad in terms of its sugar content that might cause diabetes and tooth decay. The health issues go way further than that, causing weak bones and even paralysis!
And it doesn't stop there. The large content of fructose, glucose and caffeine causes the "softening of the bones" and patients have been seen suffering from hypokalaemia - where potassium levels in the blood drop too low. This can increase the risk of muscle problems and heart rhythm abnormalities which could prove fatal in some cases.
Dr. Moses Elisa, from the University of Ioanina in Greece published his story in the International Journal of Clinical Practice and highlighted cases where patients drank two or more litres of cola a day.
In one case, a 21-year-old pregnant woman who consumed more than three litres of cola per day for the last six years was admitted to the hospital suffering from tiredness, loss o apetite and repeated vomitting. Once she stopped taking cola and was given potassium replacement substances only did she make full recovery.
Dr. Clifford Packer from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Centre in Ohio said that the consumption of soft drinks reached 552 billion litres or 82.5 litres per person in 2007, This number is predicted to increase to 95 litres per person in 2012.
He also said that apart from obesity, Type 2 diabetes, dental decay and metabolic syndrome, the drinks also appeared to increase the risk of osteoporosis, gout, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and chronic kidney disease.
Well, isn't that enough reason to make you want to stop drinking soft drinks?