Too much caffeine too quickly kills teen

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Sixteen-year-old Davis Cripe collapsed last month at his high school and died at a hospital after consuming a large soft drink, a latte and an energy drink over a short period, according to Richland County coroner Gary Watts. Dr. Rozmus says it could lower your risk for cancer and diabetes.

"The basic Health Canada position is that for an adult, you shouldn't take in more than 400 milligrams a day, but the standard for kids is not so well-defined". The caffeine use warning also cites the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations that children and adolescents do not ingest any caffeine.

The average person consuming a cup or two of coffee, however, has nothing much to worry about.

So, yes, caffeine can kill you, if you consume enough - and especially if you have other health problems that caffeine can make worse.

Another reason to control one's energy drink intake: sugar, used as part of marketing techniques to mask the caffeine in the product.

According to a review of the medical literature, there were only 45 caffeine-related deaths reported between 1959 and 2010. Had he been taking this high a dose of caffeine over a prolonged period of time? "However, for a single-serving container - up to 750 millilitres - the maximum amount of caffeine can not exceed 180 mg per container", said Guardado.

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The trade organizations's website says a 250-ml single-serving energy drink contains 80-100 mg of caffeine, while a larger 473-ml can is limited to 180 mg of caffeine.

However, he believes most doctors would advise patients of any age to limit their consumption of caffeine, which in high amounts can lead to restlessness, anxiety, depression, tremors and difficulty sleeping.

How quickly one takes caffeine is also a factor. Instead, it was an energy drink.

In the wake of the teenager's death, physicians urge people to drink caffeine in moderation, according to WJZ-TV. That works out to roughly three, eight-ounce cups of coffee. They are arguably the most risky form of caffeine, and the most likely to lead to serious health problems.

If you've had too much, you'll start having palpitations, experience nervousness and anxiety, and you may feel dizzy due to elevated blood pressure.

The bottom line: If you stick to regular coffee, tea, and the odd energy drink - and avoid chugging these beverages in Herculean doses - you should be just fine.

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