Study suggests body-building, weight-loss drugs damage liver function

Posted by Sarah Showard | Jun 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

There's nothing wrong with working out and watching your diet to make yourself healthier, but attempting to speed up the process of weight loss or muscle building by taking over-the-counter dietary or herbal supplements may actually cause life-threatening liver injury.

It might surprise you to know that one of the primary reasons that medications are taken off the market is because they cause liver damage. Even acetaminophen products that remain on the market are required by the FDA to carry “liver warnings.” Now a new, limited study funded by the U.S. Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network has determined that supplements intended for body building and weight loss are the most likely dietary supplements likely to cause liver injury.

Researchers cautioned that the study's findings weren't conclusive, but urged medical researchers to conduct more comprehensive studies and suggested that regulations to protect consumers should be considered.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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