Many thousands of men regularly rely on muscle-building supplements such as creatine or androstenedione to help them increase their muscle mass or develop more sculpted physiques. These pills and powders are especially popular with younger men who may wish for their bodies to develop more quickly. Now, a recent study has found that men, and especially young men, who use muscle-building supplements may be more likely to develop testicular cancer.
Muscle Supplements linked to Testicular Cancer in Research
According to an article featured online by Futurity.org, researchers have been puzzled by a dramatic increase in cases of testicular cancer in recent years. In 1975, 3.7 men in 100,000 were diagnosed with testicular cancer, while that number jumped to 5.9 per 100,000 in 2011. Tongzhang Zheng, lead author of the study at Yale University and currently a professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health, says, “Testicular cancer is a very mysterious cancer. None of the factors we’ve suspected can explain the increase.”
In his study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, Zheng and his team sought to examine evidence that muscle supplement ingredients may cause damage to the testes. They interviewed 356 men with testicular cancer and 513 men who had not been diagnosed with the disease, taking into account subjects’ age, smoking and drinking habits, exercise habits, family histories, and prior injuries to the groin or testes.
The researchers found that men who use one or more supplements once a week for at least four consecutive weeks have a 65% higher risk of testicular cancer. They also found that the odds are even higher for men who use more than one type of supplement and for men who regularly used supplements for three years or more. Men who began to use muscle supplements before the age of 25 had a much higher rate of testicular cancer.
According to Zheng, “If you used at earlier age, you had a higher risk. If you used them longer, you had a higher risk. If you used multiple types, you had a higher risk.”
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