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Growth hormone and IGF-1 as doping agents in competitive sport

Paweł Jóźków, Marek Mędraś
Endokrynologia Polska 2009;60(5):389-394.

open access

Vol 60, No 5 (2009)
Review article
Published online: 2009-10-30
Submitted: 2013-02-15

Abstract

Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) are often used by athletes as doping agents. It is estimated that up to 25% of sportsmen using anabolic-androgenic steroids also take GH. Available data do not confirm the influence of GH or IGF-1 preparations on physical performance improvement. However, there is some evidences for many adverse effects in athletes using this form of doping. Blood tests to detect growth hormone abuse are available since several years. Surprisingly, no one has been proven to use illegal doping agents influencing GH/IGF-1 axis.

Abstract

Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) are often used by athletes as doping agents. It is estimated that up to 25% of sportsmen using anabolic-androgenic steroids also take GH. Available data do not confirm the influence of GH or IGF-1 preparations on physical performance improvement. However, there is some evidences for many adverse effects in athletes using this form of doping. Blood tests to detect growth hormone abuse are available since several years. Surprisingly, no one has been proven to use illegal doping agents influencing GH/IGF-1 axis.
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Keywords

growth hormone; doping; athletes; anti-doping tests

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Title

Growth hormone and IGF-1 as doping agents in competitive sport

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 60, No 5 (2009)

Pages

389-394

Published online

2009-10-30

Bibliographic record

Endokrynologia Polska 2009;60(5):389-394.

Keywords

growth hormone
doping
athletes
anti-doping tests

Authors

Paweł Jóźków
Marek Mędraś

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