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A bodybuilder injected coconut oil into his muscles. It could have killed him.


A 25-year-old bodybuilder in the United Kingdom used insulin to melt fat and maintain his physique. But the insulin caused seizures and ruptured a tendon in his arm.

Unable to work out because of the tendon injury, he turned to coconut oil injections to keep the muscles on his injured arm big and firm while he healed. 

That bizarre choice almost turned deadly, according to an article published in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

The details get gross

The unnamed man went to the hospital after he started to have trouble moving his elbow. Doctors found that the man had globs of coconut oil encapsulated inside the muscles of his arm.

Instead of diffusing into his muscles, the oil turned into "proteinaceous lesions," study author Maria Johnson told The Washington Post. If he had missed the muscle and found a vein, he could have given himself a deadly blood clot.

I think this is more common than we might think.
Maria Johnson, on body dysmorphia

What caused this?

Study authors said the man showed sign of body dysmorphia, a mental disorder in which the victim, often male, goes to dangerous lengths to increase muscular definition. 

However, they did not officially diagnose him. The disorder is on the rise in the West as men feel greater societal pressures to be fit. 

Please, do not ever try to do that.

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