Despite a recent moratorium implemented by the federal government on the public distribution of 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA), Army officials are launching their own investigation that will continue to study the effects of the trending bodybuilding supplement. According to a statement made by the Department of Defense last Thursday, the Army plans to gain a deeper understanding of the health and safety concerns presented by dietary supplements that contain DMAA.
DMAA has been marketed as a dietary supplement ingredient in combination with caffeine and other ingredients to be used as an over-the-counter thermogenic or general purpose stimulant intended to increase the rate and vigor of a typical workout routine. Its seemingly ambiguous ingredients provide those who take it with a temporary boost in workout energy and efficiency. However, a recent influx of negative side effects have plagued the dietary supplement in recent months.
Of particular interest to healthcare officials around the United States are the mysterious deaths that have beset two soldiers. According to an Army representative, DMAA has been identified in the toxicology reports of the two soldiers, each of whom suffered from a fatal heart attack during physical exercise. In addition to the two deaths, the Army representative acknowledged a possible association between DMAA products and an influx of kidney failure, seizures, loss of consciousness and rapid heartbeat in other military personnel.
In response to the growing concern of DMAA products, the federal government has officially halted the public distribution of the dietary supplement ingredient. However, the Army will continue a study into the effects of the bodybuilding supplement on soldiers despite this recent moratorium. According to Cynthia Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense, the military has an “intense interest” in what the Army Public Health Command’s ongoing research might say about the safety and servicemember use of the amphetamine-like substance.
Included in the Army’s investigation, is a review that will ask soldiers to complete a survey pertaining to “past health events potentially associated with dietary supplement use, including use of DMAA,” said Smith. The service is “proceeding with our scientific review of dietary supplement use and potentially related health outcomes,” Smith wrote in an email. “We do not plan to stop it, as the use and safety of these stimulant products remain matters of intense interest to the Department of Defnse.”
The results of the Army’s continual study into the side effects of DMAA are expected to be released this fall. It remains to be seen, whether or not, this study will affect the future of DMAA products.
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