As long as there have been sports there have been athletes in search of an advantage and of all of the ways to get a leg up these days professionals often turn to performanceenhancing drugs. You hear about them in just about every sport. In the U.S. some of the best baseball players of all time have been accused of using PEDs. American football players are regularly suspended for failing drug tests.
And of course lance armstrong famously, finally came clean about blood doping in 2012 vacating his seven Tour de France victories in the process. And then there’s the whole deer antler spray thing. There’s no shortage of ways athletes tried to enhance their performance. Some of them work.
But at high cost to their health, their wealth and others just don’t work at all. So which are which and how do they work and not work? Give me a few minutes and I’ll give you a few lessons in the science of why cheaters never win.
We refer to them as drugs but most performance enhancers are really just versions of the chemicals that you already have in your body. These are the compounds that your body uses to build and heal itself and keep itself healthy. But by ramping up the levels that these compounds in the hopes of getting more out of your body.
You could end up putting yourself in a world of hurt. hgh or human growth hormone is a good place to start. Even though we all have it a lot of people have no idea what it is. Your body produces HGH from the pituitary gland at the base of your brain. It stimulates growth and cell development and works with another hormone called.
Insulinlike growth factor1 also known as igf1. HGH is converted into IGF1 in the liver and it has several effects throughout the body including increasing bone and muscle growth. The natural production of HGH peaks during teenage years, starts to steadily decreased about the time you hit 30 and declines through the rest of your life. Growth hormone does help regulate.
Metabolism in adults but its main purpose is really to spur growth during childhood. Since 1985 an injectable form of HGH has been produced synthetically and the US Food and Drug Administration approved it to treat children with growth issues, genetic disorders, and kidney problems. For adults HGH might be prescribed for conditions like bone loss or high cholesterol or very rare pituitary.
Tumors. Despite its high cost; a month supply HGH can cost up to five thousand dollars. Human growth hormone has become popular among athletes looking for an edge. A big reason for this is that it is really hard to detect since everyone’s body produces it. Also HGH starts to break down within 30 minutes injection so even the best test can only detect it like through abnormally high.