Dopers get big heads from human growth hormones

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Dopers get big heads from human growth hormones

This is a facinating fact, people who are doping on growth hormones, in particular sports persons, run the risk of getting a physically bigger head.

Although much of Barry Bonds' testimony dealt with anabolic steroids, he is also charged with having lied about taking human growth hormones. And HGH can indeed affect the size of your noggin.

The hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland, normally stimulates bone and tissue growth throughout the body. If there's too much of it, the body starts to develop an abnormal amount of flesh and bone.

This affects the entire body to some degree, but in some places the chemical receptors tend to be especially sensitive.

In an adult, very large doses of HGH can cause the skull to thicken and the forehead and eyebrow ridge to become especially prominent. Hands and feet also grow out of proportion with the rest of the body.

Almost all adults with this condition, called acromegaly, have a tumor in the pituitary gland, and the changes happen so gradually that they might only notice after looking at themselves in an old photograph.

If a patient is young enough that his or her bones are still growing, exposure to all that HGH will result in gigantism, the condition that Andre the Giant is believed to have had. But adults that develop acromegaly get thicker, not taller, with the most striking changes usually in the head, hands, and feet.

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By netchicken: posted on 20-11-2007








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