Arkansas man’s tea drinking gave him kidney failure

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An article in the latest edition of The New England Journal of Medicine has a harrowing tale for tea drinkers.

According to the report, a 56-year-old man went to the hospital in May 2014 complaining of weakness, fatigue, and body aches.

After the doctors noticed some issues with his lab work, the man admitted to drinking sixteen 8-oz glasses of iced tea a day.

A biopsy revealed that the massive tea consumption had damaged the man’s kidneys so severely that he’ll be on dialysis for life.

Black tea contains a high amount of a chemical called oxalate that is known to cause kidney stones.

In addition to being found in tea, oxalate is in nuts, spinach, beets, rhubarb, chocolate, breads, cereals, and potatoes.

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