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Doctors Report On Cases Of Severe Liver Damage After Consumption Of Weight Loss Supplements

October 14, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers have reported on four cases of severe liver problems that occurred after consumption of weight loss supplements, an energy drink and an energy drink. In one case, a woman who had fasted for three weeks, then ingested SlimQuick for two days, suffered liver failure and underwent a liver transplant. Other case studies involved: a woman who entered the early stages of cirrhosis after taking black cohosh to ease menstrual symptoms; a man who developed liver failure after consuming three Rockstar Sugar Free energy drinks; and a woman who suffered liver injury after three weeks of drinking Ripped Fuel, an advanced weight loss supplement. Diagnosis of liver problems is difficult when weight loss supplements are involved because patients often fail to inform their physicians.
Dina Halegoua-De Marzio et al., "Herbal Weight Loss Supplements Energy Drink Associated With Liver Damage, Liver Failure", News release, case reports presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual scientific meeting, October 14, 2013, © American College of Gastroenterology
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