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Increased mortality rate and suicide in Swedish former elite male athletes in power sports.

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Författare Ann-Sophie Lindqvist
Tommy Moberg
Christer Ehrnborg
Bengt O Eriksson
Claudia Fahlke
Thord Rosén
Publicerad i Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports
Volym 24
Nummer/häfte 6
Sidor 1000-1005
ISSN 1600-0838
Publiceringsår 2014
Publicerad vid Institutionen för socialt arbete
Institutionen för medicin
Psykologiska institutionen
Centrum för etik, juridik och mental hälsa
Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper, Avdelningen för pediatrik
Institutionen för medicin, avdelningen för invärtesmedicin och klinisk nutrition
Sidor 1000-1005
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1111/sms.12122
Ämneskategorier Idrottsvetenskap, Psykiatri

Sammanfattning

Physical training has been shown to reduce mortality in normal subjects, and athletes have a healthier lifestyle after their active career as compared with normal subjects. Since the 1950s, the use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) has been frequent, especially in power sports. The aim of the present study was to investigate mortality, including causes of death, in former Swedish male elite athletes, active 1960-1979, in wrestling, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and the throwing events in track and field when the suspicion of former AAS use was high. Results indicate that, during the age period of 20-50 years, there was an excess mortality of around 45%. However, when analyzing the total study period, the mortality was not increased. Mortality from suicide was increased 2-4 times among the former athletes during the period of 30-50 years of age compared with the general population of men. Mortality rate from malignancy was lower among the athletes. As the use of AAS was marked between 1960 and 1979 and was not doping-listed until 1975, it seems probable that the effect of AAS use might play a part in the observed increased mortality and suicide rate. The otherwise healthy lifestyle among the athletes might explain the low malignancy rates.

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