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A British teen, who has suffered two miscarriages which she attributes to energy drinks, has taken to Facebook in a plea for others to not make the same mistakes she has.

18-year-old Dion Parratt shared images of herself wired up to a heart rate monitor, and claimed that her addiction to energy drinks has left her with a severe heart problem.

After having consumed five cans a day since she was 11, the teen wrote –

“This is what happens when you spend your childhood drinking energy drinks.

“I’m now stuck with wires and a massive box attached to me for 24 hours.

“Before you drink cheap energy drinks think again about what you’re doing to your body.

“And anyone who is a parent, don’t let your kids drink them, they should be banned.”

Parratt claims her heart issue was diagnosed after the drinks triggered two miscarriages and is now presenting with low blood pressure and a falling pulse that causes her to pass out.

Energy drinks, filled with caffeine, are a stimulant and have long been known to cause palpitations and racing heart rate according to Dr Graham Jackson, honorary consultant cardiologist at St Thomas’ Hospital, so they are not as likely cause.

He said: “She probably had an underlying heart problem that was discovered when she went to the doctor about heart palpitations.

“Now they are monitoring her for what is causing her pulse to stop. They are probably trying to find out what the underlying problem is.”

He added that drinking two cans of energy drink a day is ‘dangerous’ as this could equate to around 800mg of caffeine.

“Up to 400mg is the safe level. Any more than that and you might get heart palpitations.

“You could get caffeine withdrawal symptoms when you stop – feeling shaky, feeling awful.”

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Her Facebook posts reads:
“This is what happens when you spend your childhood drinking energy drinks. I’m now stuck with wires and a massive box attached to me for 24 hours. Before you drink rock stars and them cheap energy drinks think about what your doing to your body and to anyone who is a parent don’t let your kids drink them they should be banned.”
In response to one comment on her post she replied – “Honestly babe you shouldn’t I drank them since I was in. Year 7 used to drink easy 4/5 a day and I would be a complete bitch if I didn’t have them lol! It wasn’t until I lost the second baby that they found a problem with my heart honestly go get checked you don’t wanna die young.

In an interview with the Northants Herald and Post, she stated she used to ‘drink as many energy drinks as I could buy’ – sometimes up to five cans a day.

“I used to buy the energy drinks from my local shop at the bottom of my street and drink them throughout school days,” she said.

“I always made sure I had two or three cans in my bag for school. But it quickly changed (got worse) when my body got used to having them.

“I was a kid, and it was a drink that tasted nice and everyone drank. I suppose you don’t really know the damage until it is done.”

At 16-years-old, Dion fell pregnant. But due to her worsening health condition, she miscarried. She then fell pregnant a second time aged 17, but devastatingly she miscarried again – and only found out when she fainted 10 weeks into the pregnancy.

It was at this time when doctors realised the shocking scale of her heart problem – and also when Dion decided enough is enough.

“When I lost my second baby and they picked up a problem with my heart, it was then when I knew – if I wanted a baby and a healthy life – I had to stop,” she said.

But just last week, with her health condition continuing to plummet, doctors decided to place a heart monitor on her body for 24 hours to find out more about her heart problem.

Now waiting to hear the results, Dion is eager to warn others of the dangers of consuming too many energy drinks, which she claims doctors believe caused her to have two miscarriages.

“There is not much I can say to people who are addicted to the drinks that will make it any easier to stop,” she said. “But all I can say is ‘stop drinking them’. You always think it won’t happen to you, but it could.”

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  • White trash all the way. She’s been basically raised on the streets. At 18 years of age you just don’t have these kinds of problems!

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  • I always believed that these drinks are dangerous. We know that too much caffeine can cause problems. I hope that she can conceive in the future now she is being helped medically.

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  • I don’t understand either why parents would give energy drinks to an eleven year old child. My husband has sometimes one. I hate them, think it’s pure poison !

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  • Why were her parents letting her drink energy drinks at 11 years of age…let alone 5 of them a day! My goodness. I hope she can stop drinking them and get herself well again.

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  • Sorry but a child drinking energy drinks at all is disgusting let alone 5 per day!! Complete parenting fail in allowing this to happen in my opinion

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  • These drinks can be harmful to anybody. So sad that this young girl went through this horrific ordeal

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  • Like any addiction energy drinks can harm you. As the specialist stated she has had to have an underlying cause to start with. Not saying these drink did not harm her but if used properly are very good for they purpose needed.

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  • They are horrid foul tasting things, which do have warnings on them, especially not to drink them when pregnant and to be a certain age, maybe they should only be sold at liquor places or behind the counter so ID has to be seen before purchasing.

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  • Wow… what an addiction to have… I hope that they can work out what is going on with her condition & can recover from the damage done…

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  • I used to drink some occasionally when I was a teenager but haven’t for a very long time now

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  • poor love – these energy drinks should be taken off the market. so very dangerous. hope you are healing x

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  • I know people that drink them for breakfast!

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  • very sad for this woman to go through the babies loss. i will steer clear of these drinks

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  • i would just avoid them but people will do what they want.

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  • Energy drinks have their place (shift workers etc ) but they need to be consumed not more than directed on the can, and not by people under the age of 18, or if pregnant. The affects of taurine and some of the other additives have not been studied sufficiently in pregnancy to prove they would be safe. I am not recommending them by the way just stating the current safety info.

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