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Hi doctors, can you tell me what are human growth hormones?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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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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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.

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