Chevy Chase, MD (August 5, 2013)—Performance-enhancing drugs are once again in the spotlight following Major League Baseball’s suspension of 13 players. Endocrine Society member Alan D. Rogol, MD, PhD, an expert on human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs, is prepared to offer comment on the many aspects of this issue, including:

• What is growth hormone and why do some athletes take it? • Is there evidence that shows using growth hormone or other performance-enhancing drugs can provide an edge in athletic competition? • How do sporting leagues test athletes for growth hormone or other performance-enhancing drugs?• What are the health consequences of using performance-enhancing drugs?• Why would an anti-aging clinic provide growth hormone and testosterone to clients?

The Endocrine Society and its members are alarmed by the abuse of these powerful drugs, particularly by teenagers. According to media reports, the owner of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic involved in the MLB suspensions is being investigated for allegedly selling anabolic steroids to high school students. The Endocrine Society’s Position Statement describing the appropriate uses for anabolic steroids and the dangers of abuse is available at http://www.endocrine.org/~/media/endosociety/Files/Advocacy%20and%20Outreach/Position%20Statements/All/SteroidAbusePositionStatementwHeader.pdf.

WHO: Alan D. Rogol, MD, PhD Spokesman for The Endocrine Society Professor, Emeritus, University of Virginia

WHAT: Dr. Rogol, a leading endocrinologist, is available to discuss the misuse of human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs in athletic competition.

CONTACT: To schedule an interview, please contact Jenni Glenn Gingery at jgingery@endocrine.org or 301.941.0240.

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