hm. Pathologists felt that her habit of drinking a couple gallons of coca cola every day did help to kill her. Yes she also smoked cigarettes steadily, around 30 per day. Â They suspected that a potassium imbalance and a constant flooding of her body with caffeine, both from the coke, Â played a role in her fatal heart attack.
For perspective, many people around our planet can list coca cola or other "soft" drinks as contributing to their deaths. The New Zealand lady is an extreme example, atypical. Soft drink addiction more normally plays a role in the formation of insulin production failure, what we call diabetes. Â Diabetes is spreading like wildfire in the USA, due to what we call nutritional issues. Â Soft drinks contain lots of sugar, no kidding. Does diabetes kill people? Sure it does, along with causing great suffering on the way there. Millions of people, every year. And most of the cases are completely preventable. There are many more cases of Type 2 diabetes, adult cases caused by diet, than there are of Type 1 diabetes, which occurs in children and is probably not caused by diet.
So there is point to this news story, which is sort of hidden behind the extreme nature of the crazy behavior that this New Zealand woman exhibited.