‘Growth hormone treatment has no negative effects on young adults’
To small born children, also known as Small for Gestational (SGA – birth), you may experience at a later age has no negative effects with the use of growth hormones. The gezondheidsprofiel of treated young adults is similar to that of untreated SGA-born.
Research of Manouk van der Steen from Erasmus MC pointed out that the positive effects of a treatment hold, and insulin sensitivity improves after discontinuation of the groeihormoonbehandeling. Van der Steen brought the health of young adults during a period of five years after the cessation of the groeihormoonbehandeling intensive map.
It was already known that during to growth hormone treatment has a positive effect on the height growth, body composition, blood pressure and the fat levels in the blood, but the insulin sensitivity decreases. What happens after discontinuation of the treatment done was not yet known.
Now it seems that the positive effects persist and insulin sensitivity improves after discontinuation of the groeihormoonbehandeling. Because of the influence of growth hormone on insulin sensitivity, there were worldwide concerns about the long-term effects on an adult..
“Children who are SGA are born and remain small, have much to benefit from groeihormoonbehandeling. It not only improves their adult length, but also their body composition, and quality of life. This study shows that growth hormone also long-term safe and has positive effects on the gezondheidsprofiel of SGA-born young adults,” explains Van der Steen her research.