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What does growth hormone do to a 17 year old boy's height, any negative side effects?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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In brief: Potential harm

Except for very unusual circumstances, most boys have fused growth plates by age 17 with no significant growth potential left.
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In brief: Potential harm

Except for very unusual circumstances, most boys have fused growth plates by age 17 with no significant growth potential left.
Taking hgh without a clinical indication places people at risk for possibly developing later life malignancy as hgh will raise igf-1 levels which have been implicated in breast, colon, and prostate cancer to name a few. Acromegaly distorts facial features and bone. & on.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Might increase

But only if it has been shown that he is not making this important hormone.
Growth in boys continues until age 21 and it is a good thing to remember that height is extremely variable. Small people tend to have small children so the most important factor is to see if there are any relatively small people in the family history. Genes are the most important factor.

In brief: Might increase

But only if it has been shown that he is not making this important hormone.
Growth in boys continues until age 21 and it is a good thing to remember that height is extremely variable. Small people tend to have small children so the most important factor is to see if there are any relatively small people in the family history. Genes are the most important factor.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Linear growth stops when the growth centers close.This may be as early as 16 in males or later and is easily verified by bone age study.
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