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See detailLearning from recombinant GH treatment in obesity
Vandeva, S.; Rixhon, M.; Tichomirova, M. A. et al

in Obesity and Metabolism (2009), 5(3/4), 156-166

Obese and untreated growth hormone deficiency (GHD) patients have a number of similar clinical and biological abnormalities. Treatment with recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) in GHD patients has ... [more ▼]

Obese and untreated growth hormone deficiency (GHD) patients have a number of similar clinical and biological abnormalities. Treatment with recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) in GHD patients has proven effective in beneficially modulating body composition and certain cardiovascular risk factors, thus leading to the hypothesis that administration of rhGH in obese patients could show similar beneficial results. Hyperinsulinism and increased free fatty acid levels are the main factors causing reduced GH release in the setting of obesity. We reviewed the outcomes of 25 adult and paediatric clinical studies carried out in 1987-2009 that examined the effects of rhGH administration in the obese state. Body composition showed mainly a reduction in visceral abdominal fat, whereas total bodyweight increased or remained unchanged. Effects of rhGH on lipid and carbohydrate metabolic profiles in obese patients were heterogeneous. The increasing burden of obesity on one hand, the absence of definitive medical treatment on the other, give rise to grounds for considering rhGH as a possible therapeutic option if not in the general obese population, at least in patients with higher risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. [less ▲]

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