Drinking 16 glasses of iced tea everyday causes one man to be hospitalized

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A 56-year-old man had kidney failure because of drinking too much iced tea.

Humid weather during summer season makes people crave for something cold to drink. Iced tea is one of the crowd's favorite.

However, drinking too much iced tea caused a man in Arkansas to be hospitalized.

In May 2014, a 56-year-old man arrived in the emergency department at the veterans' hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He reported intense but vague symptoms: weakness, fatigue, and body aches. The emergency-room team drew some of his blood and found it bursting with a waste chemical called creatinine—more than four times the normal level.

That meant he was experiencing severe kidney failure. Doctors started urgent dialysis, cycling the blood out of the man's body, through a machine that cleaned it in lieu of functional kidneys.

But the man had no family history of kidney disease, nor had he previously had kidney stones, according to the report.

He said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. Black tea has a chemical known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts.


"That's what we think was the cause of his kidney failure," nephrologist Umbar Ghaffar said in a local television interview. She and her colleagues extrapolate in the New England Journal, "Oxalate nephropathy may be an underrecognized cause of renal failure," implying that people might be more vigilant in monitoring their oxalate intake. Or, at least, avoiding extremes. Other kidney specialists agree.

"It was the only reasonable explanation," she added.

"We are not advising against tea consumption," Mena-Gutierrez said. "If you are healthy and drink tea with moderation, it should not cause damage to your kidneys."

"Two to three glasses [of tea] would be considered safe if you are not eating other oxalates," the UCLA nephrologist Ramya Malchira told Medline Plus. "However, if someone were also eating high quantities of high-oxalate foods such as spinach, even two or three glasses could be too much."

People are not advised to drink tea. However, anything should be in moderation.

H/T: Organic Health

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