Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Be careful on that human growth hormone deal
Assuming you want to live a long time, you might want to steer clear of fad diets involving HGH—Human Growth Hormone. There are a bunch around where you eat 500 cals a day and take some bogus pill—but the real ones involve injecting yourself.
A lot of the fabulous folk are into this these days.
Scientists didn’t study the fabbies, though—they studied a group of extended relatives (inbreeding?) in Ecuador. They share a mutation that shuts off receptors that process HGH.
This mutation, called E18, helps cause Laron syndrome—a disorder that stunts growth by about 50%.
The people are small with high infant mortality.
But—on the positive side—they don’t get cancer and diabetes.
This played out in mice, too.
This is without HGH, remember.
Scientists may look into suppressing HGH to prevent diseases and help people be healthier longer.
I don’t know—this is based on a small, sort of offbeat sample…But stay tuned.