Navigation Links
Growth Hormone May Build Muscle in Older Men
Date:7/1/2009

Finding shows promise for treating age-related loss of strength, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly men who exercised and received the growth hormone known as "mechano growth factor" (MGF) showed increased muscle mass, according to a British study.

The results suggest that MGF may help treat age-related loss of muscle strength, which causes increased fragility, said Dr. Geoff Goldspink of the Royal Free and University College Medical School, who presented the study findings July 1 at the annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Biology in Glasgow, Scotland.

The growth hormone may also benefit patients who can't do intensive exercise because of diseases such as muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), kidney disease or cancer. MGF may even help slow muscle loss among astronauts who spend long hours in zero gravity during space travel.

MGF, which is produced naturally when muscles are stretched during exercise, activates stem cells already present in muscle tissue, Goldspink explained. Once activated, the stem cells begin to divide and create additional muscle fibers that increase the size and strength of the muscle.

Levels of MGF decline as people age. This, combined with a lack of intense physical activity, may cause muscle wasting in the elderly. While treatment with MGF may prove beneficial in such cases, the downside "is that MGF has great potential for doping in sports," Goldspink added.

"A synthetic version is already available over the Internet, and although it is very expensive, it is expected that new technologies will bring down the price to make it comparable to that of human insulin," he said.

More information

The MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia has more about age-related changes in muscles, joints and bones.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Society for Experimental Biology, news release, July 1, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Assessment of Bone Growth Stimulator Is Mixed
2. Growing Proteomics Market and the Current Economic Crisis Could Act in Tandem to Spur Growth in the European 2 Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis Market, States Frost & Sullivan
3. Expanding into New Markets with Customer-Focused Solutions, Orion Health Sees Strong Growth
4. A new take on growth factor signaling in tamoxifen resistance
5. An Increase in the Diagnosed Prevalent Population Will Drive Growth of Nearly $4.3 Billion in the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Market
6. Frost & Sullivan: Self-Monitoring and POC Diabetes Tests Reveal Potential for Significant Growth, Boosting the European Diabetes Diagnostics Market
7. Oracle Focuses on Health Sciences Partner Enablement, Growth, and Accreditation
8. U-M Hospitals & Health Centers Weathers Tough Economic Climate, Plans for Growth
9. New Therapies, Including Novel Biologic Agents from Elan/Wyeth and Eli Lilly, Will Drive Robust 11 Percent Annual Growth In the Alzheimers Disease Market
10. Scots Men Get the Issue of Moobs Off Their Chests in Time for Summer - Male Surgery in Scotland Sees 80 Per Cent Growth
11. Broncus Technologies Exhale Stent and Other New Devices to Prompt Robust Growth In Emphysema Treatment Market, According to Millennium Research Group
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Growth Hormone May Build Muscle in Older Men 
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Give To Cure ... search for and donate to Give To Cure’s campaign that is crowdfunding clinical trials ... users make and share payments through a smart device. In 2015 alone, Venmo processed ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Pivot Point ... Best in KLAS: Software & Services for HIT Implementation Support & Staffing report ... independently ranks vendor performance by healthcare executives, managers and clinicians representing over 4,500 ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Justin Scott and Dr. ... Annual No Cost Dental Day to individuals in need. The event is scheduled to ... No Cost Dental Day is to provide dental care to community members in need. ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Ben Amini, a ... is now welcoming orthodontist, Dr. Amanda Cheng, to the practice. With the addition ... health care, including general dentistry, cosmetic treatments, periodontics, implant dentistry , endodontics, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... In sleep, when the ... a dream. A hallmark feature of patients with eating disorders is significant self-criticism, and ... disorder behaviors and obsessions are regarded as maladaptive means for coping with this unease, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)...  Venice,s newest laser clinic, Physicians Advanced ... kind in the area and specializes in the ... The physician-owned and operated laser clinic is taking ... with its revitalizing skin care approach, unprecedented eVisit ... technology. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160204/329957 --> ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016  Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... care products and services to office-based dental, animal health ... into an agreement to acquire a majority ownership interest ... and equipment in Brazil . ... in Blumenau, Brazil, Dental Cremer is the dental distribution business ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... Feb. 4, 2016  Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: ... structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, announced today ... (ASR) agreement with Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to ... is part of the Company,s previously authorized program to ... stock.  --> --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: