Living life as a professional bodybuilder may seem attractive. But most people are unaware of the gruelling diets and training that bodybuilders put themselves through, never mind the challenge and risks involved in maintaining that lifestyle.

The story of Dean Wharmby, a loving father and professional bodybuilder, is scary proof.

In Dean’s time as a bodybuilder, he would consume 10,000 calories a day, which is four times the recommended caloric intake for males.

But this is how much he had to consume to maintain his size and muscle mass. To convert these calories into energy and muscle, Dean would eat a mix of fast food and balanced meals including chicken, fish, and eggs.

But his biggest mistake? During his workouts, he would down two energy drinks every hour.

The energy drinks seemed to help at first; they would keep him focused and awake during these strenuous training sessions.

But then Dean was diagnosed with cancer, which led him to abandon his bad habits and turn to natural medicine instead of chemotherapy.

What’s sad is that when Dean’s tumor began to shrink and disappear, he quickly picked up his old habits which included frequent consumption of energy drinks.

Eventually, doctors diagnosed him a second time with liver cancer which they say actually destroyed Dean’s liver and promoted the growth of cancer cells.

Unfortunately, this time it was too late to treat the cancer naturally or with chemotherapy Last year, he passed away, leaving behind his wife and young daughter.

Dean Wharmby’s story isn’t the only real life example of the effects of energy drink consumption on the body. A shocking revelation took place when a man was hospitalized with severe symptoms that he thought were just flu-like. But once he started developing jaundice he knew something was wrong and went to the doctor for medical help.

They diagnosed the 50-year-old with hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that can lead to liver disease and cancer. The man stated he had been consuming 2+ energy drinks a day to help boost his energy during his highly tiring construction job over the past three weeks.

He had no traces of liver problems in his family nor any links to hepatitis. When the doctors diagnosed him, they were profoundly interested in the relationship that energy drinks, niacin, and hepatitis has.

Although it is not 100% clear whether the extreme intake of energy drinks and the formation of hepatitis is fully linked, it is worth paying attention to, as another lady was diagnosed with hepatitis after consuming an above average amount of energy drinks per day.

Energy drinks are one of the most popular beverages in the world. with millions sold each year, it is undeniable that they are a force to be reckoned with.

‘The term “energy drink” refers to beverages that contain caffeine in combination with other ingredients such as taurine, guarana, and B vitamins, and that claims to provide its consumers with extra energy’, which are ingredients that may be highly dangerous to our health.

Different brands of energy drinks contain various levels of caffeine, ranging from 50 to 505mg per can or bottle and the caffeine concentration being between 2.5 and 171 mg per fluid ounce. So that could be a dangerous amount of caffeine being consumed if you have more than one energy drink in a short amount of time.

Studies have briefly looked at the idea that caffeine has adverse side effects on your cardiovascular system. And although the results were not broad enough to have stricter rules placed on energy drinks, they did encourage some European countries such as Denmark and Norway to ban the selling of energy drinks.

Caffeine has also been argued to have similar characteristics to certain drugs such as alcohol or smoking as research has shown the side effects caffeine withdrawal may have. ‘A population-based serve revealed that 30% of a sample of 162 caffeine users fulfilled diagnostic criteria for substance dependence when applied to caffeine’, further proving the addictive side to energy drinks.