According to a new medical study, men who take muscle-building pills and other similar products like powders and supplements, have an increased risk of developing testicular cancer, compared to the men who don’t usually take these types of supplements to build muscle mass.
The researchers say that the men who were more at risk of developing this type of cancer were those who took the supplements before they were 25, who tried various types of supplements and those who used them for several years.
Tongzhang Zheng, one of the researchers involved in the study, explained that if men used these pills from an early age, if they used it for a longer period of time, or if they used several types of pills, they have an increased risk of developing testicular cancer. Dr. Zheng started the study first at Yale University and then moved it to Brown University.
In order to come to this conclusion, the team of researchers led by Dr. Zheng conducted interviews with more than 900 men.
According to the researchers, 356 of these men had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The scientists asked the men questions about whether they used any muscle-building pills, and about other factors that could influence their health, like smoking and drinking, exercise, family history of testicular cancer and whether or not they had ever experienced injuries to their testicles or groin.
After the detailed interviews, the scientists discovered that the men who took muscle-building supplements had a 65% higher risk of having developed testicular cancer, compared to the mine who did not take any muscle supplements.
According to the researchers’ findings, the younger men who used more than one type of supplements and those who used them for three years or more had an increased risk of 177% of developing testicular cancer.
Russ Hauser, professor at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public health and one of the lead authors of the study, explained that supplement use is linked to a higher risk of developing testicular cancer. Hauser added that the findings are very important since there are not many studies that show the factors that lead to this type of cancer.
Hauser calls testicular cancer a “very mysterious disease”.
The researchers wrote that this is the first analytical epidemiological study to show a link between muscle-building supplements and testicular cancer.
The scientists detailed the findings of their new study in the British Journal of Cancer.
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