Diabetes and Doping

  • Richard I. G. Holt


When humans are placed in a competitive setting, particularly in the sporting arena, they will attempt to gain an advantage over their opponent in order to win. When all legitimate methods have been exhausted and the athlete has reached their peak performance, there is a temptation for some to seek out pharmacological methods to improve performance yet further. Doping not only damages the integrity of sport but may cause significant harm to athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs, including athletes with type 1 diabetes.


Growth Hormone Growth Hormone Deficiency Olympic Game Anabolic Androgenic Steroid National Football League 
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I would like to thank Michael Stow of UK Anti-Doping for his helpful comments on the chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Development and Health Academic UnitUniversity of Southampton, Faculty of MedicineSouthamptonUK

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