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HGH May Build Muscle, But Does Not Improve Athletic Performance

According to a new study, human growth hormone, the performance enhancing drug linked to professional sports players such as Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and others, has been found to not actually improve athletic performance.

A new study looked at human growth hormone and found what impact it actually had on the body, and the results of the study may shock some, as well as educate.

The study was carried out at Stanford University, as they looked at 27 studies involving 440 participants.

The results were released on Monday by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Hau Liu of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California stated, along with colleagues that it does not help athletic performance in any way.

Dr. Liu even went as far as to state that it may worsen athletic performance a bit.

The study found that human growth hormone does add muscle, but they found that it does not appear to improve strength, or the ability to do exercise.

They did find that human growth hormone actually caused side effects such as swelling and fatigue.

Human growth hormone, or HGH, is made by the pituitary gland and helps with growth.

It has become one of the most prominent drugs used by professional athletes, as there is currently no way to test for it and detect it easily.

One thing that they did not look at, were the long-term effects of HGH.

This certainly adds a twist to those who state that it helps professional athletes prolong, and enhance their careers.

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