Growth hormone and physical performance

Birzniece, Vita, Nelson, Anne E. and Ho, Ken K. Y. (2011) Growth hormone and physical performance. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 22 5: 171-178. doi:10.1016/j.tem.2011.02.005

Author Birzniece, Vita
Nelson, Anne E.
Ho, Ken K. Y.
Title Growth hormone and physical performance
Journal name Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1043-2760
Publication date 2011-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tem.2011.02.005
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 5
Start page 171
End page 178
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, England, U.K.
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract There has been limited research and evidence that GH enhances physical performance in healthy adults or in trained athletes. Even so, human growth hormone (GH) is widely abused by athletes. In healthy adults, GH increases lean body mass, although it is possible that fluid retention contributes to this effect. The most recent data indicate that GH does not enhance muscle strength, power, or aerobic exercise capacity, but improves anaerobic exercise capacity. In fact, there are adverse effects of long-term GH excess such that sustained abuse of GH can lead to a state mimicking acromegaly, a condition with increased morbidity and mortality. This review will examine GH effects on body composition and physical performance in health and disease.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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