Doctor warns lowering Caster Semenya's testosterone could be harmful

Doctor warns lowering Caster Semenya's testosterone could be harmful

- A doctor has said that decreasing Caster Semenya's testosterone levels could have adverse effects on her health

- This follows the IAAF's ruling that Semenya must lower her testosterone in order to compete

- Semenya's legal team, however, is reviewing the decision

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A doctor has warned that decreasing Caster Semenya's testosterone could have negative side effects.

This comes after the IAAF ruling that Semenya would have to lower her testosterone levels in order to take part in its events.

Dr Sindeep Bhana has said that lowering Semenya's testosterone may cause hypertension, diabetes and other health issues.

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Bhana pointed out that decreasing Semenya's testosterone may adversely effect not only her athletic performance but her physical health as well.

"We know there are symptoms associated with dropping testosterone from where it was naturally," Bhana said, according to eNCA.

Bhana also pointed out that Semenya's high testosterone levels are naturally occurring, rather than artificially induced. As a result, her case differs from instances of athletes abusing testosterone. 

The IAAF's new regulations mean that Semenya will either have to lower her testosterone to lie within their defined range or else she will not be allowed to compete. The ruling has divided opinion and made headlines all over the world.

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Her legal representation is reviewing the ruling and is considering taking the matter further, Briefly.co.za has gathered. 

Semenya is a three-time world 800m champion and has won two Olympic gold medals.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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