Re: Ryan Braun going down?
Originally Posted by LeDoux
I would agree that lit suggests that hGH does not have the robust effects that are attributed to steroids. But the articles I read also describe hGH as part of a "cocktail" taken to enhance performance. Is hGH an essential piece to this regimen? I have no idea. I would guess that would be an untestable hypothesis due to ethical constraints. So yes hGH might be a dud by itself as far as strength production, but quite effective in combination with other enhancers. Let's get a NIH grant and find out.
No one just takes HGH (but that's kinda the point).
The sledgehammer is a variation of testosterone. The hammer is insulin. GH is used to repartition energy/nutrients from fat to muscle (GH antagonizes the anabolic action of insulin in adipose tissue). In other words, it modulates the impact of insulin and really is the least important component.
The game with steroids is making an analog that clears quickly to beat a test. hGH is used because until recently, it wasn't tested for. Insulin is pretty much the freebie but it's also by far the most dangerous.
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