Doctors have confirmed that a teen girl’s attempt of losing her body weight by drinking green tea has left her severely ill with a range of health complications including acute hepatitis. The story has been published as a part of a new case study in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) Case Reports.
The yet to be named patient visited her doctor with symptoms like non-specific abdominal pains, joint pain, and nausea. Physicians prescribed her antibiotics are assuming that she was having the symptoms due to a minor infection. However, the medications didn’t show any result, and the teen had to come back to the emergency room, this time with worse symptoms including jaundice.
The 16-year-old girl informed her doctors that she had been drinking a particular brand of green tea purchased online for losing some body weight. She said that the tea helped her lose just a couple of pounds, but since then she has been experiencing some peculiar aches in her joints and having a sick and dizzy feeling. All these as well as her hospitalization and the series of tests she had to undergo left her extremely scared. She was struggling to comprehend what exactly is happening to her.
After carrying out multiple diagnostic tests to find out viral causes of the teen’s illness, her doctors came to the conclusion that she is actually suffering from acute hepatitis, a condition marked by an inflamed liver. Once the 16-year-old stopped having the green tea and started receiving medications and intravenous fluids, she took a little time to show signs of recovery.
Although till now the tea has not been tested for other substances, the authors of the above mentioned study have theorized that it might have been the source of materials responsible for affecting the liver function of the girl.
The study authors admitted that green tea is an extremely healthy and safe drink boasting amazing antioxidant properties and said that secondary addictives in the product might be responsible for the harms caused. According to them, it’s possible that other chemicals added to the product, with the intention of promoting weight loss, have resulted in hepatotoxicity (liver damage triggered by chemicals). The authors added that pesticides on tea leaves might also be culprits.