Navigation Links
Illegal use of human growth hormone common among young male weightlifters
Date:1/20/2011

A new study published in The American Journal on Addictions reveals that illicit use of HGH (human growth hormone) has become common among young American male weightlifters. Additionally, illicit HGH use in this population is often associated with polysubstance abuse involving both performance-enhancing and classical drugs.

HGH, once an expensive performance-enhancing drug used exclusively by elite athletes, has become cheaply available for illicit users on the street.

Researchers led by Brian P. Brennan, MD, MSc, of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, evaluated 231 male weightlifters in the U.S. aged 18-40 and their reports of drug use.

Results found that 27 (12 percent) reported illicit use of HGH and/or its close relative, insulin-like growth factor-I. All of these 27 men had also used anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), and 15 (56 percent) also reported current or past dependence on opioids, cocaine, and/or ecstasy.

These findings suggest that illicit HGH use is common, and is usually associated with abuse of both AAS and ordinary street drugs.

"The long-term risks of high-dose HGH use are little studied, but available evidence suggests that long-term high-dose HGH may have serious medical consequences, including cardiac, endocrine, and respiratory effects, as well as increased risk for certain cancers," Brennan notes. "Our findings suggest that mounting illicit HGH abuse may represent a dangerous new form of drug abuse with potentially severe public health consequences."


'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Molnar
amolnar@wiley.com
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Fathers incarceration associated with elevated risks of marijuana and other illegal drug use
2. FDA to Take Up Major Enforcement Action Against Cosmetics Manufacturers With Illegal “Anti-Aging” Labeling Claims, According to FDAImports.com, LLC
3. Martin & Jones Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Major Employer, Claims Thousands of Visiting Nurses Illegally Denied Overtime Pay
4. Like humans, amoebae pack a lunch before they travel
5. Speaker series highlights the role of animals in human culture
6. Obesity in horses could be as high as in humans
7. Study details how protein made by HPV teams up on and thwarts protective human protein
8. Where MRSA colonizes on the human body
9. Urban Wildlife Adopt Not-so-Healthful Human Diet, Study Finds
10. Human protein improves muscle function of muscular dystrophy mice
11. Why do risks with human characteristics make powerful consumers feel lucky?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Texas Premier Locksmith ... carried out by unethical locksmith companies and is urging Search Engines to improve ... to Texas Premier Locksmith, these fraudulent locksmith services take advantage of consumers locked ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Gensuite is honored ... under the Best New Product Launch category. Gensuite’s entry on their EZ Scan ... BOC Global Events & Training Group is a professional event and training provider ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... “Tomorrow Trump Goes To ... bringing greatness back to the presidency and to America. “Tomorrow Trump Goes To Washington” ... as much as she can for this country. , Nancy attributes her patriotic nature ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Business Architecture Guild is ... on March 21-22, 2017. This premier event features business practitioners and experts from ... of industries such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, retail, and utilities. ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... that can be seen on a type of MRI, according to a study ... disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremors or trembling and stiffness ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... , Dec. 7, 2016 According to responses ... more than one-third (38%) of patients with non-small cell lung ... growth factor receptor (EGFR) genetic mutation status. The findings of ... LBA ID #6067 #P3.02b ) at the 2016 ... Austria . The survey results revealed an ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that the ... malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) met its primary endpoint ... the 17 th IASLC World Conference on ... showed nintedanib plus pemetrexed/cisplatin demonstrated a meaningful clinical ... significantly improved PFS (9.4 vs 5.7 months). Preliminary ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... 7, 2016 Today, Stock-Callers.com presents four ... JAZZ ), Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ANTH ... AveXis Inc. (NASDAQ: AVXS ). From its peak ... 37% to reach a level equal to what it saw ... approximately 14% for the year, it has still out-performed other ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: