Low-dose GH improves exercise capacity in adults with GH deficiency: effects of a 22-month placebo-controlled, crossover trial

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Fifty-five patients with adult-onset GH deficiency (mean age, 49 years) were enrolled in a placebo-controlled, crossover study to investigate the effects of GH therapy on exercise capacity, body composition, and quality of life QOL). GH and placebo were administered for 9 months each, separated, by a 4-month washout period. GH therapy was individually dosed to obtain an IGF-I concentration within the normal range for age and sex. The final mean daily dose of GH was 1.2 IU/day for men and 1.8 IU/day for women. Mean lGF-I concentration at baseline was higher in men than in women(9 95 +/- 33 vs 68 +/- 41 mu g/l respectively; P < 0.04) and increased to a similar level on GH therapy. Body fat mass was reduced by 1.9 +/- 2.9 kg and lean body mass was increased by 1.8 +/- 2.8 kg (P = 0.0001 for each) with GH treatment. Total and low-density cholesterol levels decreased. Absolute maximal oxygen uptake increased by 6% (P = 0.01), relative to body weight by 9% (P = 0.004), and there was a trend toward increased endurance performance by 7% (P = 0.07). There were no significant effects on QOL. In conclusion, treatment with a low, physiologic dose of GH produced positive effects on body composition and lipids and improved exercise capacity, likely to be of clinical relevance. No changes in QOL were seen, possibly because of a good QOL at baseline.


  • J Bollerslev
  • J Hallen
  • KJ Fougner
  • AP Jorgensen
  • C Kristo
  • H Fagertun
  • O Gudmundsen
  • Pia Burman
  • T Schreiner
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  • Endokrinologi och diabetes
Sidor (från-till)379-387
TidskriftEuropean Journal of Endocrinology
Utgåva nummer3
StatusPublished - 2005
Peer review utfördJa