An amateur bodybuilder in the United Kingdom was recently rushed to the hospital after injecting coconut oil in an extreme attempt to pack on muscle.
The 25-year-old told doctors that his arm hurt and he had trouble moving if for several months.
An ultrasound scan revealed a rupture in the tendon that connects the tricep muscle to the bone near the elbow. Multiple cysts were also spotted inside the arm muscle.
The man later admitted to injecting coconut oil to improve his muscularity. He was also using insulin,vitamin B12 injections and anabolic steroids. The oil was responsible for the development of cysts inside the arm muscles while the ruptured triceps were linked to the abuse of steroids.
Had the bodybuilder missed the muscle and injected the oil into a vein, it could have formed a lethal embolism in his vital organs.
Substances such as sesame oil and walnut oil are also being injected to make muscles appear larger.These oils are less expensive than anabolic steroids making them an attractive option.
Side effects include infection, skin sores and potentially life-threatening blockages of blood vessels due to the accumulation of fat.
The notion of injecting oil into the body for cosmetic purposes is not new. Back in 1899 the first injectable materials such as paraffin, beeswax and vegetable oil were used for breast implants.