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Study finds hormone problems in group of retired NFL players
Study finds hormone problems in group of retired NFL players

Repeated head injuries among professional football players can lead to hormonal dysfunction and decreased quality of life, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma earlier this month. The study found 16 of the 68 retired NFL players examined had pituitary hormonal deficiency. Thirty-four of the former players also showed evidence of metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that included high blood pressure and high cholesterol that are also associated with low testosterone. "This is really about quality of life and functioning at an optimal level," said Dr. Daniel Kelly, the study's co-author who is director of the Brain Tumor Center at Saint...

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