Sam Harper Brighouse, 23, fell ill and was immediately attended to by EMTs around 16 miles into the Brighton Marathon in East Sussex last April 14. An inquest was concluded this week.
Brighton and Hove Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley ruled that Mr Harper Brighouse died of bowel ischaemia and a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage.
Cause of death was contributed to by an “idiosyncratic reaction” to hyperthermia, dehydration, endurance exertion, hyperosmolar sports supplements and ibuprofen, she said.
Speaking after the inquest, Mr Harper Brighouse’s family called on marathon runners to be careful when taking sports supplements.
“Sam’s death was described by the coroner as extraordinarily rare, but it is a tragic reminder that participation in any endurance event and taking gels and analgesics to help you get through it carry a level of risk, no matter how fit you are or how hard you train.
Hyperosmolar product (if I am understanding this correctly) is to prevent dehydration. So it appears that the mix of this sugar/salt/energy pill or drink (the exact type of product is not stated) plus the ibuprofen under the very stressful conditions of the marathon were too much for his body to take. His potassium level was extremely high which caused his heart to stop.
Dietary supplements can have surprising or unexpected consequences in addition to not knowing what your are getting, if they work at all or if they have been tested under wide ranges of conditions for safety. They are NOT tested like actual approved drugs. This is important to keep in mind. You may be risking your health, not improving it, by taking any supplements.