Athletes did not Get Performance Enhancment Benefit from HGH, says ReportA recent analysis of existing literature on human growth hormone revealed that the hormone might help in increasing lean body mass but it did not increase your exercise capacity. It didn’t enhance athletic performance as it was supposed to do. These findings could add a new twist to the current steroid controversy linked with various baseball players, such as Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and others.

According to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell’s report there is extensive use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Great Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens, though, has denied his use of steroids and growth hormone while Pettitte has confessed taking of drugs for recovering from injuries.

The study has been published in the online issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Lead author of the analysis, Dr. Hau Liu said, “Our findings are consistent with the Mitchell report.” However, he also said, “This is not the final word. This is basically a call for more research.”

Dr. Liu is an affiliated clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and associate chief of endocrinology at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. An assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Todd Schlifstein said, “Some people might use [growth hormone] by itself, and those may be looking more at the anti-aging benefit as opposed to performance enhancement.”

The analysis was made after studying 44 existing articles from 27 different study samples which included individuals aged 13 to 45. Considering the highest level of evidences in medical science, all the studies were randomized and trials were controlled.

The result reported in an average increase of 2 kilograms in lean body mass, but water retention problem also increased simultaneously. However, no improvement in aerobic endurance was reported. “If anything, we found a hint of evidence that it actually may worsen your performance,” Liu said.

It is well-known that in the world of sports, usage of steroids and growth hormone are increasing rapidly. Because of the new inventive methods of doping presence of steroids ca ne detected but detecting growth hormone is a quite difficult task. That’s why most of the athletes and other sports players use it over other drugs. Human growth hormone is often also taken in combination with other compounds and this practice is called “stacking.”

Whatever the analysis or such studies shows, a bill had already been submitted in both the Senate and the House to declare human growth hormone a controlled substance and it is currently moving through the committee process.