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Fat burning supplements: doctors warned to look out for toxicity after six deaths

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 17 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2251
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The UK has seen a sharp rise in cases of toxicity from 2,4 dinitrophenol (DNP)—an industrial chemical often marketed as a fat burning or weight loss supplement—with 20 recorded cases and six related deaths in 2018, the UK National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) has said.1

Although DNP is labelled “unfit for human consumption,” it is still available and sold to people attempting to change their …

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