Body-Building, Weight-Loss Products May Cause Liver Injury

HealthDay (5/23, Preidt) reports, “Body-building and weight-loss products are the types of dietary supplements most likely to cause liver injury,” according to research presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting. “In this study, funded by the US Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, researchers looked at 109 cases of patients who appeared to have suffered liver injury because of dietary supplements. Most of the patients were male, white and overweight.”
        “In a review of national data, supplements accounted for 18% of liver injuries in the US, Jose Serrano, MD, of the National Institutes of Health, reported during a press briefing,” MedPage Today (5/23, Petrochko) reports. Serrano stated, “There were no deaths, but 7% of patients needed a liver transplant. These are not trivial consequences.”