According to the results of a new study, workout and weight-loss drugs are the types of dietary supplements most likely to cause severe liver damage. Dietary and herbal products - which are largely unregulated and do not require a prescription to purchase - have been estimated to be used by nearly half the nation’s population, despite being largely misunderstood by most users. Drug-induced liver injury is one of the main reasons drugs are pulled off the market in the United States.
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What’s the problem?
May 29, 2012 - The new research, which was funded by the U.S. Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, analyzed 109 cases of patients who reported liver injuries after taking dietary supplements. The vast majority of the test subjects were overweight caucasian males. After the results of the study were calculated, it was determined that dietary supplements for bodybuilding and weight loss were most closely correlated with liver injury.
“There is so little regulation of the many products on the market, we couldn't possibly begin to figure out which products to target first without doing this research,” said lead researcher Dr. Victor Navarro, professor of medicine, pharmacology and experimental therapies at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Navarro went on to suggest that the increasing number of liver injuries linked to dietary supplements could provide a target for regulatory efforts. However, he was careful to point out that the study does not prove conclusively that supplements actually cause liver damage. Instead, the researchers merely noted a troubling correlation that merits more in-depth investigation in the future. The results of the study were presented at last week’s Digestive Disease Week meeting in San Diego, CA.
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Free Dietary Supplement Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a diet or workout supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a dietary supplement injury suit and we can help.