Growth Hormone causes diabetesA case study of a 36-year-old professional bodybuilder showed that after fifteen years of anabolic steroid use and growth hormone use of three years, he started experiencing weight loss of almost 40 kg, during which he also experienced excessive urination, thirst especially at night and excessive appetite.

He was initially rushed to the hospital due to chest pains. Upon history taking, it was found that he also took insulin a year after taking growth hormone. Growth hormone caused his blood sugar to rise. However, he also discontinued its use due to several episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) while doing workouts at the gym.

Tests showed that he had inflamed liver, enlarged kidneys and that his blood sugar is very high. Furthermore, he was also diagnosed with diabetes and was found to be dehydrated.

Treatment intervention included intravenous fluids and insulin administration, given in gradually increasing amounts. Fortunately, his diabetes was only temporary and soon, all symptoms cleared up.

Growth hormone is released by the pituitary gland, and acts to stimulate growth and cell reproduction in humans. Growth hormone, when taken in excess and for prolonged periods, has been found to cause insulin resistance or a rare form of type 2 diabetes.

From The Medical News:

Use of growth hormone to boost athletic performance can lead to diabetes, reports a study published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.