Bodybuilder’s death blamed on protein shakes

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Posted 16 August 2017

A diet of protein shakes and supplements has been found to have contributed to the death of a West Australian woman, sparking a warning from her family. Fitness model Meegan Hefford had been competing as a bodybuilder since 2014. 

It wasn’t until her autopsy that it was discovered she had a rare genetic condition which meant too much protein wouldn’t break down properly in her body.

“They don’t test for it routinely because it is such a rare condition. It says on all of the supplements to get medical advice, but how many young people actually do?” Ms White said.

She wants to see protein supplements better regulated and hopes her daughter’s story can warn others.

The Australian Medical Association says there’s no real health benefit to such supplements. And, while they may not be necessary for most people, they’re not dangerous to most, either.

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