Friday, January 18, 2013

HGH--worth the risks?

Ken Alltucker writes about the so-called miracle stuff--human growth hormone--in the Arizona Republic, Jan 19, 2013.

First come all the raves--I feel 20 again! I lost weight! Yay!

You probably know someone on the HGH diet--well, the food plan is 500 cals a day--so that could account for weight loss.

Most people want more sex...supposedly this restores libido.

Supposedly Baby Boomers want to maintain sharp focus, bike ride a lot, run, and get a lot of loving.

Even the drug companies are into it with their dopey "low T" thing. T is for testosterone, in case your focus is not sharp.

Of course, there is a downside. Most people getting hormones don't "need" them. Some slowing down is normal aging.

Testosterone can worsen sleep apnea, red blood-cell counts can surge, risk of stroke may increase.

Increased risk of prostate cancer can be a risk.

Comprehensive treatment can also cost $4,000 a year. Usually the blood tests--and there are a lot--will be reimbursed eventually. Some post-menopausal women also wear estrogen patches or get bio-identical hormones.

So, my advice would be to go slow. Remember the commercial--"It's not NICE to fool Mother Nature."

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