Using growth hormones to boost athletic performance for sport and exercise could result in an increased risk of developing diabetes, according to fresh research in the UK. The authors of the study, from the University Hospital Coventry and Warwick, studied a professional bodybuilder who admitted to the use of anabolic steroids.
According to their research, the 36-year old developed weight loss, excess urination, thirst and appetite and other symptoms of diabetes. After tests, he was found to have inflamed liver, enlarged kidneys, and high blood sugar levels. He was also diagnosed as diabetic, but after being rehydrated and given insulin over a five-day period, his symptoms apparently cleared up.
According to the study, published in the British Journal of Sport Medicine, this is the first case of diabetes being caused by high-dose growth hormones. The researchers were keen to urge anyone taking high doses to keep a close eye on their blood sugar levels, and stay aware of their increased risk.

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