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Erythropoietin (EPO)

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2005/08/05 15:12:21 (permalink)
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Erythropoietin (EPO)

Anyone know anything about this or used it? Supposed to increased endurance, its an extracted hormone from the kidneys apparantly...

any info would be great.

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    sootybaby
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    RE: Erythropoietin (EPO) 2005/08/05 15:44:13 (permalink)
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    I would imagine most EPO is produced using recombinant technology and so should not be derived from carcasses nowadays. Its stimulates red blood cell production and so increases your oxygen capacity. Popular amongst cyclists and other endurance athletes. Unfortunate side effect is that it increases blood viscosity and users have been known to carck it in there sleep.
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    RE: Erythropoietin (EPO) 2005/08/05 16:10:46 (permalink)
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    Apparantly you can set your alarm and take some drug in the middle of the night to stop that from happening
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    RE: Erythropoietin (EPO) 2005/08/05 17:54:58 (permalink)
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    Erythropoietin is produced in the kidney and stimulates the production of red blood cells. You may have heard of cyclists especially using 'EPO'. EPO's effect is to raise hematocrit levels allowing the blood to carry more oxygen. It is documented that the endurance process is improved in athletes with an increased red blood cell level, and thus an increased oxygen carrying capacity.

    Although no direct links have been made between EPO and cycling deaths, anecdotal evidence is abundant. Too much r-EPO can increase hematocrit to the point that overall blood viscosity is increased making the blood like sludge. This thickened blood could cause the heart to work excessively hard, which may lead to a heart attack. Increasing hematocrit also increases the risk in the cyclist for clotting events, raises blood pressure, and resultant iron overload can ultimately lead to organ failure.

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    RE: Erythropoietin (EPO) 2005/08/05 18:12:13 (permalink)
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    Are there any figures on a human beings average haemotocrit levels? Is it possible to have a haematocrit figure of over 50 naturally?
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    RE: Erythropoietin (EPO) 2005/08/05 19:14:13 (permalink)
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    EPO is so last decade

    Hemopure/oxyglobin apparently has been the drug of choice for the last couple of years.
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    RE: Erythropoietin (EPO) 2005/08/05 22:58:35 (permalink)
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    yes an athlete can have a haemocrit level naturally over 50%, in cycling they are out in a holding bay as it were and cant compete and are monitored again to see if the level alters
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    RE: Erythropoietin (EPO) 2005/08/05 23:16:48 (permalink)
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    What if it doesn't alter - as in, its not possible for them to get their natural level below 50%, are they allowed to compete or not?
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