Bok Choy Diet Leads Straight to Hospital

88-year-old woman was eating 2 to 3 pounds of raw cabbage daily
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2010 4:20 PM CDT
Bok Choy Diet Leads Straight to Hospital
Loading up on bok choy in hopes of remedying diabetes landed an 88-year-old woman in the hospital.   (Flickr)

An 88-year-old woman who took "eat your vegetables" a little too seriously wound up in the hospital after several months on a diet that included 2 to 3 pounds of raw bok choy per day. The patient was attempting to treat her diabetes, but she consumed so much of an enzyme present in the raw cabbage—cooking renders it harmless—that she developed a thyroid condition known as a myxedema coma.

The woman, who wound up hospitalized for over a month, didn't actually lose consciousness—or her taste for bok choy. "At one point when she was in the hospital, her family was asking if she could continue eating it," the doctor who treated the unidentified woman tells AOL Health. "We recommended that she did not."
(Read more bok choy stories.)

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