I recently had a near death experience on a Saturday that was meant to be fun-filled. After gulping two cold pet bottles of Coca-Cola at a bar, I retired to a friend’s hotel room to catch some sleep in preparation for our planned night out. After about 30 minutes or so, I woke up with the first and only bout of psychosis that I have ever experienced in my entire life. It was nothing short of a nervous breakdown – mental confusion, rapid heartbeat, a stiffening of my joints and muscles, and a total systemic shutdown.
My first instinct was to blame my village witches and wizards. “They have finally got me” I lamented forlornly to my bewildered friends in the room. I dejectedly called my devoted fiancée to console her in advance for my imminent untimely death, and managed to call my cousin living in the same city in a desperate last-ditch attempt to avoid insanity and death. “Sis, I am losing my mind, I am dying, come and get me”, I pleaded.
My cousin eventually showed up and, along with my friends, shepherded me to her house amid my ceaseless maniacal rantings. It was only after a few hours of induced sleep that my condition improved, and by daybreak, I woke up to find my sanity and life intact. What could have happened? Did my village people send the proverbial evil arrow to strip me of my sanity and/or life as we see in African movies? Or do I have underlying and unresolved health issues that I didn’t know about? It only made sense to assume that there ought to be a medical explanation, failing which I would consider appeasing my village people. So off to the hospital I went.
After narrating my experience, and having a few tests run, a serious spike was noticed in my blood pressure – likely caused by the volume of caffeinated Coke that I consumed, which set off a series of chemical reactions that culminated in nervous system distortions. In other words, the caffeinated Coca-Cola caused high blood pressure which distorted my nervous system. I found myself asking what might have seemed an improbable question: Does Coca Cola cause high blood pressure?
Intrigued by the medical test results, I conducted a quick Google research and found that credible studies had demonstrated a strong association between consumption of caffeinated Cola drinks (such as Coke and Pepsi) and increased risk of high blood pressure. This is because Coke, Pepsi and similar sodas do not only contain massive amounts of high fructose corn syrup, but are also packed with caffeine and refined salts and caffeine. This means that regular consumption of these ingredients in the massive quantities contained in Coca Cola and Pepsi sodas can trigger higher blood pressure levels, and also predispose a person to health dangers such as heart disease and diabetes.
However, this does not suggest that there is a definite causal link between Cola beverages and blood pressure, as experts believe that it is perfectly safe to consume small amounts from time to time. Where the real danger lies is in taking excessive quantities of Coca Cola or Pepsi, or taking these drinks too frequently. In essence, the key to avoiding the high blood pressure aftereffect of Coke and Pepsi consumption lies in moderation.
Nonetheless, if you have issues with high blood pressure and hypertension, it is certainly in your best interest to regulate your consumption of Cola drinks in order to reduce the accompanying risk.