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AACE Issues New Medical Guidelines for Proper and Ethical Use of Growth Hormone
Date:11/3/2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) released new medical guidelines for the accurate diagnosis and effective ethical treatment of growth hormone deficiency in affected patients.

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Growth hormone replacement therapy has proven useful for children and adults with scientifically proven growth hormone deficiency. In recent years, however, growth hormone use for anti-aging and athletic enhancement has increased to the point that this use currently accounts for approximately 30 percent of growth hormone prescriptions in the United States (1). A number of professional athletes have now admitted or have been alleged to have used HGH to speed recovery from injury or to enhance performance. Anti-aging centers tout benefits of HGH to slow the aging process.

"Although there is not a wealth of medical data published concerning HGH as a recovery tool for injured athletes, it's certainly not an approved indication for use," Dr. David Cook, Interim Division Chief of Endocrinology at the Oregon Health & Science University, and co-author of the new medical guidelines said.

In addition to addressing the increasing misuse of growth hormone in anti-aging and sports, the AACE guidelines more importantly address the accurate diagnosis and effective therapy for growth hormone deficient patients, as well as new cut points or benchmarks for growth hormone testing.

"These guidelines are the result of recent advancements in our understanding of the benefits of growth hormone replacement for patients," Dr. Cook said.

Responsiveness to growth hormone therapy is often determined by many variables, such a
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