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What is human growth hormones and its benefits?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Growth hormone: Human gh must be injected, and is intended for gh deficiency (eg pituitary tumor), children with short stature, and HIV muscle wasting. Gh levels naturally get low with middle age. Will gh make adults feel “younger”? Generally no. Gh may increase muscle but does not increase strength. Side effects include carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, gynecomastia, and can cause/worsen diabetes.
Dr. Homeira Izadi
Anti-Aging Medicine 30 years experience
Maintain health: Like many other hormones , adult growth hormone deficiency can occur with aging. Checking the igf1, can lead us to that diagnosis. In patients with low igf1 and symptoms of growth hormone deficiency, we do a provocative test to find out if the patient is able to produce growth hormone or not, if not then we prescribe growth hormone and have follow up once a month to monitor side effects and dosing.

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Does exercising increase human growth hormones?

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Yes: Exercise does increase growth hormone and refined carbs (e.g. Sugar) will decrease it.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Human growth hormones and its side effects?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Growth hormone (GH): Human gh must be injected, and is intended for gh deficiency (eg pituitary tumor), children with short stature, and HIV muscle wasting. Gh levels naturally get low with middle age. Will gh make adults feel “younger”? Generally no. Gh may increase muscle but does not increase strength. Side effects include carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, gynecomastia, and can cause/worsen diabetes.
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Hi doctors, can you tell me what are human growth hormones?

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Growth hormone: Hi. It's singular, not pleural - growth hormone. Growth hormone is a protein hormone made in the pituitary gland that is important in growth of the body (skeleton & soft tissues) in childhood and continues to play a role in adulthood in maintenance of lean body mass, skeletal health, etc. We have it as a drug, and use it to treat growth hormone deficiency.

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