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Metabolic effects of stopping growth hormone: body composition and energy expenditure

Gregory, John Welbourn 2002. Metabolic effects of stopping growth hormone: body composition and energy expenditure. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism 15 (5) , pp. 1347-1350.

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Discontinuation of growth hormone (GH) treatment at the end of childhood growth in individuals with GH deficiency has been shown to be associated with markedly increasing fat mass and decreasing metabolic rate. The association of these findings with increased abdominal fat and adverse changes in lipid biochemistry suggests that without longer-term GH therapy into adult life, these individuals will be at increased risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, the evidence that these adverse events do not arise in those shown to be GH sufficient on retesting emphasizes the principle that all individuals who received GH therapy for childhood-onset GH deficiency require careful re-evaluation of their GH secretion when growth is completed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals, Body Composition/drug effects, Energy Metabolism/drug effects, Human Growth Hormone/adverse effects, Human Growth Hormone/deficiency, Humans, Lipid Metabolism
Publisher: Freund
ISSN: 0334-018X
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Date of Acceptance: 2002
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:06

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