Valdir Segato, a Brazilian bodybuilder, died on his 55th birthday. He was well-known for his extensive use of Synthol injections to bulk up. The TikTok sensation was declared dead on July 26 in Ribeiro Preto, southeast Brazil, according to the Brazilian online site Universo Online (UOL). According to UOL, Segato reported feeling sick at home and was carried to the adjacent medical facility of UPA Nelson Mandela – UPA Norte by the Brazilian Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU). Because no reports specified the reason for the death of Valdir Segato, it is unknown whether his overuse of Synthol injections into his muscles caused any consequences. According to UOL News, the report may not be validated since Segato’s corpse was previously interred in the Bom Pastor Cemetery. Because he was buried a day after his death, no autopsy was most likely performed.
Valdir Segato worked in construction
Valdir Segato, a Brazilian native, was also known on social media as “Valdir Synthol” for his constant use of Synthol oil to achieve an abnormally bulky look. Segato was from Sao Paulo and supposedly worked as a construction worker in Ribeiro Preto. Segato rose to prominence when DailyMail UK highlighted him in late October 2016. The bodybuilding enthusiast mentioned in their interview:
“I like being referred to as Hulk, Schwarzenegger, and He-Man. My biceps have doubled, but I still want to be larger.”
He had 23-inch biceps at the time and intended to grow four inches with Synthol oil injections. Valdir Segato earlier said that he was influenced by Arnold Schwarzenegger and the comic book character The Incredible Hulk. Segato informed DailyMail UK about his background and how he became involved with Synthol injections. He admitted to being a drug abuser in the past. Segato stated:
“I became engaged with drugs and began to lose weight since you don’t eat… You’re living the wrong life.”
Valdir Segato joined gyms throughout his recovery from addiction but was disappointed with the muscle he developed from his training program. He then began injecting Synthol oil into his biceps, pectorals, and rear to obtain that extreme bulky appearance. Despite the fact that the Synthol injections presented a significant risk of stroke, infection, and amputation, Segato persisted with them until his death. It should be emphasized, however, that the bulky look caused by Synthol injections did not truly encourage muscle development and was therefore simply superficial. According to the Daily Mail UK, physicians recommended him against abusing Synthol oil in 2016 and warned him of the hazards, which included “amputation, or at the absolute least nerve damage and muscular deformation,” if he persisted with the treatment. Valdir Segato, on the other hand, elected to continue with the dangerous injections.
What exactly is Synthol oil, and what dangers does it bring to bodybuilders like Valdir Segato?
According to the health information website Healthline,
“Synthol is composed of 85% medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, 7.5% lidocaine, and 7.5% alcohol.”
The components of this oil are often used by bodybuilders to generate a bulky appearance. Lidocaine, for example, is an anesthetic that alleviates the discomfort associated with Synthol injections in the muscles. Meanwhile, the alcohol seems to help sanitize the region and prevent infections. They may still occur, though, since drinking alcohol is not a certain strategy to keep diseases at bay. Meanwhile, MCT begins to grow once injected deep into the muscles, resulting in a bulky appearance. Synthol injections may induce serious diseases that have a long-term impact on the body. It has the potential to disfigure the muscles. It may also develop muscular fibrosis, which can lead to amputation.
Last year, in response to Valdir Segato’s YouTube video, online celebrity and family medicine specialist Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, aka Dr. Mike, said:
“You have no idea how hazardous this is to your health. Vasculitis, muscular rupture, infection, and it also looks silly. I’m not sure whether you notice this.”
Segato had over 1.7 million TikTok followers at the time of his death.