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"Andro" Dietary Supplements may Cause Serious, Irreversible Health Consequences

The FDA announced a crackdown on companies that manufacture, market and distribute products containing androstenedione, or "andro," which acts like a steroid once it is metabolized by the body and therefore can pose similar kinds of health risks as steroids. These products are generally advertised as dietary supplements that enhance athletic performance by stimulating muscle growth and increasing production of testosterone. Potential long-term consequences of these products in men include testicular atrophy, impotence, and the development of female characteristics such as breast enlargement. Women who use these products may develop male characteristics such as male pattern baldness, deepening of the voice and increased facial hair, along with an increased risk of breast and endometrial cancers, blood clots and several other serious risks.

Science Blog March 11, 2004

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