New Biomarkers discovered for Growth HormoneAccording to results of an animal study presented at the Endocrine Society’s 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, researchers have claimed to found out potential new biomarkers for growth hormone. These biomarkers are expected to serve the sports community by detecting an abuse of growth hormone.

From News-Medical.Net:

Many athletes are misusing recombinant human growth hormone, a drug intended for people who are growth hormone deficient, because of its supposed ability to decrease fat and increase muscle. However, detection remains a challenge. The growth hormone drug appears only briefly in blood and is identical to the growth hormone that the body naturally makes, said study coauthor John Kopchick, PhD, of Ohio University.

“Variability is a problem with current testing for growth hormone doping,” Kopchick said. “It is gender and age-sensitive. We’re looking for a test that will give standard results for everyone.”

The authors are attempting to identify proteins in the blood that could be biomarkers for growth hormone action. A biomarker is a substance that can be detected in higher-than-normal amounts in the blood, urine, or body tissues and thus could be used for screening.

According to Kopchick, extensions of these results are considered to be of paramount importance to humans.

It is worthwhile to note here that steroids have gained new heights of success and popularity in the world of sports because of great benefits, affordability, and availability. The fact that more and more athletes and other sportsmen are using steroids to create a niche for themselves is allowing audience to see new levels of aggressive and dramatic on-field performance to keep them interested for long.