R-EPO & EPO Blood Doping
Erythropoietin (EPO) is a naturally occurring hormone; EPO is produced by the kidneys. EPO is a hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells in our body. However, the hormone EPO can also be manufactured synthetically. Recombinant EPO (R-EPO) is the synthetic version of EPO and it’s used as a medicine for patients suffering from a disease like anaemia which cause deprivation red blood cells (RBC’s). R-EPO used to bring patients red blood count to a normal level, but athletes use it to enhance their performance. The athlete’s use of R-EPO is considered cheating and is unacceptable but it might not be considered cheating from a different perspective. How does EPO work and how do athletes use it to enhance their performance? Well EPO a is a hormone which naturally occurs in the body, the basic meaning of what it does is it send a signal to your bone marrow where RBC’s are produced, it does this in order to create more RBC’s, the way athletes use EPO to enhance their performance is different. First of all, athletes don’t even use EPO; they use the synthetic version of EPO which is recombinant EPO (R-EPO). R-EPO is injected straight into their blood stream. R-EPO basically forces the body to make red blood cells, more RBC’s means more oxygen carried to your organs increasing your Vo2 max (maximal oxygen uptake), increased oxygen in your muscles equals improved performance therefore athletes use it. The social advantages that come with EPO are that Patients that experience traumatic diseases like Anemia, AID’s, cancer and Kidney Dysfunction which leave the patients with a deprivation of RBC’s. EPO is a major advantage for society because it has saved and will keep on saving people’s lives throughout the whole world. On the other hand it could be as bad as it is good. EPO in relation to ethics is a problem when used by athletes in competitions for they use this cheating technique in order to cheat and win grand prizes or...
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