Minister orders NIMR to study ‘harmful effects of energy drinks’

Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu has instructed the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) to conduct research to see if there are negative side-effects of the use of energiser drinks.

The findings, according to Ms Ummy, will enable the Government to make informed decisions over the matter.

The Minister issued the directive through her verified Twitter handle, @ummymwalimu earlier on Monday insisting that if it’s proven scientifically that such drinks have negative side effects; her Ministry will take affirmative action.

The Minister was forced to give the instructions following a cautious message published by the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) saying that: “Energy drink consumption is NOT that safe. Be aware!”

The Institute’s report was based on an article published by the Safe Journal website which reported a case of a 28year old male affected by the consumption of energy drinks.

According to the website, excessive intake of energy drinks is increasingly realized to have a detrimental effect on platelet and endothelial functions with resultant Hypercoagulable hence increasing risk of thrombosis.

According to the Osmosis website, a hypercoagulable state, also known as thrombophilia, is an increased tendency to develop blood clots (thrombosis) due to the presence of one or more.

Describing the case, the Safe Journal published on its website that the 28-year-old man of African origin was presented to the emergency department with an 8-hour history of retrosternal chest pain.

His symptoms started four hours after consuming 5 cans (1,250 cc) of an energy drink whose principal ingredients are caffeine, taurine, sugar and glucuronolactone.

Also, his past medical and surgical history was unremarkable, and he had no apparent cardiovascular risk factor.

The article added that the boy’s physical examination was unremarkable; however, electrocardiogram and echocardiogram showed features of anterolateral myocardial infarction (STEMI).

Catheterization confirmed a 100% thrombotic occlusion of the proximal left anterior descending (LAD) artery and revascularization with a drug-eluting stent was successful.

It suggested that the sudden onset of chest pain following energy drink consumption should raise an index of suspicion for acute coronary syndrome.

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