Chevy Chase, MD (January 22, 2013)— With Lance Armstrong’s recent confession on using illegal substances, including human growth hormone and testosterone, in athletic competition, the world once more turns its attention to the issue of performance-enhancing drugs. Endocrine Society members Alan Rogol, MD, an expert on growth hormone, and Shalender Bhasin, MD, an expert on steroids, are prepared to offer comment on the many questions surrounding this issue, including:

• What is growth hormone and why do some athletes take it? • Is there evidence that shows growth hormone or steroid use can provide an edge in athletic competition? • How are athletes tested for growth hormone or steroid use?• Where do athletes get growth hormone or steroids?• What are the health consequences of growth hormone or steroid use?

The Endocrine Society and its members are deeply concerned about the abuse of these powerful drugs. The Endocrine Society’s Position Statement detailing the appropriate uses for steroids and the dangers of abuse is available at http://www.endo-society.org/advocacy/policy/upload/Steroid-Abuse-Position-Statement-w-Header.pdf.

WHO: Dr. Alan Rogol, MD Representative of The Endocrine Society Professor, University of Virginia

Dr. Shalender Bhasin, MD Representative of The Endocrine Society Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

WHAT: Drs. Rogol and Bhasin, leading endocrinologists, are available to discuss the misuse of growth hormone and steroids in athletic competition.

CONTACT: To schedule an interview, please contact Jenni Glenn Gingery at jgingery@endo-society.org or 301-941-0240.

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