Monster Energy Possibly Linked to Deaths
The parents of a teenage girl who died after drinking Monster Energy are suing the company for their daughter's death. Four other similar cases are being investigated. Energy drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar, and others are not recommended for anyone under 18. Over-consumption of these drinks might cause complications from heart flutters to even death.
14-Year-Old Girl Dies After Drinking Monster Energy
- According to a report by the New York Times, the mother of a young girl who passed away in December is filing a lawsuit against Monster Beverage for failing to list the risk factors of consuming their product
- The girl drank two 24-ounce energy drinks and went into cardiac arrest later.
- A spokeswoman for Monster Energy stated the products were not the cause of the girl's death, as she had a heart problem called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
- The family said that although the girl was aware of her disorder, her doctors never informed her that she could not participate in physical activities or should be cautious of her caffeine intake.
- The girl's autopsy listed the cause of death as “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.”
Not the First Death Reported
According to a news report by WFAA.com, the FDA is investigating four other deaths to see if they are related to consumption of Monster Energy. The FDA is also investigating a nonfatal heart attack that might be linked, and other health problems including stomach pain, vomiting, abnormal heart rates, and tremors, news outlets reported. The deaths occurred in 2009 or later.
Energy Drinks Should be Consumed with Caution
- Under FDA guidelines, sodas cannot have more than 71 mg of caffeine per 12 ounces. Some energy drinks can have 500 mg of caffeine per serving.
- Many people have no idea how much caffeine and sugar is actually in typical energy drinks and “shots.” For more information on this, visit this website.
- A 2011 study in the journal Pediatrics found that energy drinks could cause heart palpitations, seizures, strokes, and even death, news outlets reported.
- Parents should talk to their children about taking precautions with energy drinks, especially if their children have heart problems, diabetes, or ADHD.
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