Bodybuilders find it easy to obtain insulin to help them in training

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7089.1280 (Published 26 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1280
  1. S L Elkin, Registrara,
  2. S Brady, House officera,
  3. I P Williams, Consultant physiciana
  1. Hemel Hempstead Hospital, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4AD

    Editor—We have recently been involved in the care of a 21 year old amateur bodybuilder, who was admitted after taking an excessive amount of insulin intravenously. He developed severe brain damage after prolonged neuroglycopenia. His case brought several points to our attention. Since anabolic steroids have been designated illegal in competitive sport, athletes have been looking for alternative drugs to help them put on muscle mass and burn off fat. With …

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