It’s very unfortunate whenever someone passes away, even more when the person who has lost their life is young, and if the person passes under relatively unheard of situations for someone of such a youthful age. A story broke in recent weeks about a young lady who was on a vacation in Mexico died from a heart attack, for a sixteen year old girl who appears to have been in good health to die in this manner is very uncommon. While it’s sad that a young lady lost her life, after reading the story I can honestly say that it wasn’t a surprise to me, and in all honesty it shouldn’t surprise anyone else that she had a heart attack. The combination of circumstances involved all but guarantee that bad things were going to happen.
At first glace you see the headline that a sixteen year old girl has died from a heart attack and typically the first reaction is to question how something like this could happen. If the child in question turns out to have been a grossly overweight person who had been engaging in some type of incredibly strenuous athletic or exercise program without proper supervision you can at least put some sense to the situation. When it turns out the person in question was actually in good shape and seemingly very fit you begin to question things once again. This where an inquisitive person will click the link and start reading the story, unfortunately that segment of society seems to be shrinking faster and faster these days.
The reason that something that seems so shocking in the headline of the article doesn’t surprise me is that upon closer reading you see what caused the cardiac event. The biggest problem here isn’t so much what caused the young lady’s unfortunate early passing, it’s actually more of a lack of understanding and education of the effects of energy drinks. I don’t blame the energy drink company, because they didn’t force the girl to spend an entire day drinking their product while neglecting to drink any water while in the sun. I’ve said there’s a reason professional athletes drink water or Gatorade while in game and not Red Bull, it’s because the former actually rehydrate you while the latter does not.
It’s a very sad story to read because you never want to think about a young person passing, especially in what could have been a very painful manner, but it’s something that is completely avoidable with just a little reading and eduction. I’ve known since the energy drinks started flooding the market years ago that drinking these would have an effect on heart rate, the boost of caffeine, as well as the other things added to “increase energy” for a person are bound to cause problems for anyone and with me being a larger man I decided to pass on these drinks. Water is a must, you learn that while spending four plus hours in the sun in Central Florida during summer months with a black helmet on your head, it’s time to educate our children to avoid these dangers before something like this happens again.