Shane Warne was on an extreme diet called ‘liquid cleanse’ in order to lose some of his extra bulk. A health expert has warned that such extreme diets may increase the chances of heart attacks, particularly for those with cardiac issues. The legendary Australian spinner passed away of a suspected heart attack while holidaying in Thailand on Friday. Warne was away on a “boy’s trip” with his friends when he was found unresponsive at 5 pm local time in his room at the luxury Samujana Villa resort in Koh Samui.
Warne had tried “traditional Chinese medicine” to lose weight and according to his family, he would often go on 30 day fasting tea diets while battling his overweight issues. Tom Hall, one of the compatriots of Warne in the ‘boy’s trip’ stated that the veteran spinner enjoyed a very hearty Australian last meal in the form of Vegemite toast.
Although there is no conclusive evidence of Warne’s heart attack being a direct result of his diet, experts have warned against such extreme diets. The Heart Foundation’s chief medical advisor, Professor Garry Jennings opined that such diets can put extra pressure on the heart. – “Mostly, these risks are on top of an underlying heart problem, they don’t come out of the blue. I doubt they could cause a heart problem just by themselves”, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.
He further stated – “Basically, if your metabolism, your handling of fluids, salt and other electrolytes gets completely out of whack, if you have a small heart attack, you’re more likely for that to turn into something serious with a rhythm disorder.”