Growth hormone (GH), Insulin Growth Factor-I (IGF-I) and lipids are linked by important reciprocal influences. Their knowledge allowed relevant pathophysiological and clinical acquisitions more and more interesting in scientific research and in medical practice. In this survey the influence of (GH) on lipid metabolism, particularly on free fatty acids (FFA) and lypoprotein metabolism has been analysed. Attention has been given to the disorders of the lipid-metabolism in GH hypo- and hyper-secretory states. On the other hand the role of lipids in the control of GH secretion has been extensively considered with particular attention to the role of exaggerated FFA levels in the pathogenesis of GH insufficiency in obesity.
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