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      Growth Hormone and Insulin-Like Growth Factors as Anabolic Therapies for Osteoporosis

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          Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) play a central role in skeletal growth and bone remodeling. In vitro, both agents display anabolic properties, and patients with acromegaly exhibit increased bone mass. Recent in vivo studies have demonstrated profound activation of bone remodeling that lasted for months after a single 1-week dose of GH or IGF-I. Despite these positive effects, the few clinical studies conducted with GH in osteoporotic patients have shown disappointing results in terms of bone mass changes. Changes in dosing regimens and other adjuvant therapies may, however, lead to more efficient use of these agents.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-5924-9
          978-3-318-01776-2
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1993
          1993
          05 December 2008
          : 40
          : 1-3
          : 95-98
          Affiliations
          Aarhus Bone and Mineral Research Group, Aarhus Amtssygehus, Aarhus, Denmark
          Article
          183774 Horm Res 1993;40:95–98
          10.1159/000183774
          8300056
          © 1993 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 4
          Categories
          Session III: The Possible Therapeutic Use of GH and/or IGF-I

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