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Survey: teenagers' PED use is up

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Type "human growth hormone" into Google and you'll find pills, powders, and injections. Easy access is one reason more teenagers are experimenting with the performance-enhancing drug.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids surveyed close to 4,000 students from 9th to 12th grade and their answers are alarming. The study claims the number of teenagers using HGH, or human growth hormone, has doubled in the last year, creating a lot of concern in the medical community.

Researchers found 11 percent reported using HGH at least once, up from about 5 percent in the last four years. Teen steroid use increased from 5 percent to 7 percent.

"Teens are victims of society. They want to look good and feel good they're not getting the medical side of what this means," says Dr. Robert Gotlin, director of Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel. He says that parents have to look for the warnings.

"You got to look for a sudden change, more aggressive, more sweating, outbreak of acne, a change in one's personality," he says.

What may seem to give athletes an edge can cause serious damage down the road.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids suggests the FDA could do more to ensure that hormone supplements are regulated like over-the-counter drugs.

Serious health risks come along with using HGH, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and poor bone growth.

 

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