Natural hormone can guard muscle from atrophyA new treatment option was recently found by researchers to treat the common problem of muscle atrophy, as per results of an animal study that were presented at The Endocrine Society’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Some of the presently recommended options for treating muscle atrophy are anabolic steroids (testosterone) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IFG-1) but there have been some concerns about their usage due to safety and effectiveness, as per study co-author Andrea Graziani, PhD. and molecular biologist with the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and the Biotechnology Center for Applied Medical Research, University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy.

The review was supported by Italian agencies: Telethon, Regione Piemonte, and Italian Ministry for University and Research. The study findings were presented by Nicoletta Filigheddu, a researcher at the University of Piemonte Orientale’s Biotechnology Center.