Human Growth Hormone Supplementation Effect On Athletes
Both of these studies have been used to indicate that the human growth hormone has no effect or improvement on weight trainers. Supporters of the application of human growth hormone, however; are quick to point out that in almost all cases where the human growth hormone is utilized, participants must be on the treatment for much longer that the treatements were administered in the studies. Children who are given the human growth hormone to treat delayed growth are generally on the treatment for a number of years and may only begin to see some improvement after as much as six months on the treatment. Similarly, other studies have shown that the human growth hormone has only proven to be effective for other applications when it is administered for a period of at least several months. In both the studies previously cited, the participants were only given the human growth hormone supplements for barely two weeks. This is obviously not a long enough period to adequately determine whether there is or is not a link between the human growth hormone and its application for athletics and weight training.
Furthermore, both studies cited were conducted on young men who together had an average age of 23. Individuals at this age have not yet begun to see the natural decline of the human growth hormone within their own systems. The results of studies conducted on individuals who have begun to experience a decrease in the human growth hormone might be far more telling.
Despite the fact that studies seem to indicate that human growth hormone supplementation has no effect on performance in athletes, it has not stopped the use of such supplementation. While it is highly likely that human growth hormone supplementation was actually in use far sooner than the 1988 Tour de France, it was the arrest of several cyclists who were accused of using the growth hormone that first brought the public’s attention to the matter. Since that time, human growth hormone supplementation has been banned from use by athletes participating in the Olympics and many other major sports.
In 2003, a surprising study was conducted in which an individual volunteered to undergo tests of human growth hormone supplementation in order to determine whether the drug would have any effect on his performance during an upcoming long distance cycling race. The test was conducted over a period of 8 months, far longer than many other similar tests had been conducted. At the end of the test, the participant was shown to have achieved a tremendous increase in performance. Critics of the test have remained dubious, as the participant was known to have been taking other substances in addition to the human growth hormone at the time; including steroids. Still, despite this fact, the study obviously proved that there was some benefit to the application of human growth hormone supplementation athletes. One such benefit was the improvement of vision in the participant while he was taking the human growth hormone supplements. Prior to utilizing the supplements, the participant’s vision was debilitated. During his use of the supplements, his vision improved dramatically; however once the human growth hormone was removed from the participant’s regimen, his eyesight returned to the state it had been in prior to the application of the human growth hormone supplements.