Baseball stars and superstars are being suspended for illegal use of human growth hormone without medical need and in violation of federal law.
An article in the Sunday Health section of The Philadelphia Inquirer examines the popularity of HGH among athletes and other.
But because our bodies naturally produce HGH and sometime it is prescribed for legitimate medical reasons, “it’s hard to get a feel for what’s going on,” sports medicine physician Barry Kenneally, MD, of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson told the newspaper.
Dr. Kenneally added that athletes, body builders and adults concerned with aging are particular prone to use HGH or another performance enhancer. He estimated that as many as 1 percent of Americans use the drugs illegally.
Read more in “Growth hormone: Tough to detect, predict effects” from The Inquirer.