Anabolic Steroids Helpful for Lung Disease Patients
Thu December 18, 2003 12:03 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The drugs notorious for helping bodybuilders pile on muscle can improve the strength of people who have chronic obstructive lung disease, or COPD, such as emphysema.
A short-term course of treatment with nandrolone decanoate, an anabolic steroid, has a positive effect on body composition in patients with COPD, according to the results of a study in the medical journal Chest.
"Skeletal muscle weakness commonly occurs in patients with COPD," Dr. Eva C. Creutzberg, of University Hospital Maastricht, the Netherlands, and colleagues write. The long-term use of glucocorticosteroids to reduce inflammation can also contribute to muscle weakness in these patients.
Chest. 2003 Nov;124(5):1733-42.
A role for anabolic steroids in the rehabilitation of patients with COPD? A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial.
Creutzberg EC, Wouters EF, Mostert R, Pluymers RJ, Schols AM.