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Is human growth hormone harmful?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not

Only in excess doses.
Very interesting information on growth hormone replacement. It needs to be monitored by a physician with a background in hormone therapy.

In brief: Not

Only in excess doses.
Very interesting information on growth hormone replacement. It needs to be monitored by a physician with a background in hormone therapy.
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Dr. Bryan Treacy
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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: It can be

When properly administered and carefully supervised by an experienced physician, human growth hormone can be an excellent treatment for short stature in kids and a variety of other problems.
However, when used inappropriately, it can be very dangerous and contribute to a multitude of problems --- from throwing off the hormonal balance in the body to cancer risks.

In brief: It can be

When properly administered and carefully supervised by an experienced physician, human growth hormone can be an excellent treatment for short stature in kids and a variety of other problems.
However, when used inappropriately, it can be very dangerous and contribute to a multitude of problems --- from throwing off the hormonal balance in the body to cancer risks.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Children or adults?

Clearly the stigma of "shortness" is ever present.
But in children, approval is given when there is a deficiency of growth hormone measured by a provocative test. Adults with growth hormone deficit, secondary to head trauma or pituitary surgery are candidates as well, but the amount given is much less, since their bone growth plates are closed. Diabetic problems are not scene in european registries.

In brief: Children or adults?

Clearly the stigma of "shortness" is ever present.
But in children, approval is given when there is a deficiency of growth hormone measured by a provocative test. Adults with growth hormone deficit, secondary to head trauma or pituitary surgery are candidates as well, but the amount given is much less, since their bone growth plates are closed. Diabetic problems are not scene in european registries.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Soumya Adhikari
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: There are risks

Like most medicines, growth hormone carries a risk of side effects, and should only be taken under the supervision of a qualified physician.
It has been known to increase one's risk of diabetes, risk of a certain type of hip fracture (known as scfe) and other potential problems. However, used cautiously and appropriately, it can be a very safe medication.

In brief: There are risks

Like most medicines, growth hormone carries a risk of side effects, and should only be taken under the supervision of a qualified physician.
It has been known to increase one's risk of diabetes, risk of a certain type of hip fracture (known as scfe) and other potential problems. However, used cautiously and appropriately, it can be a very safe medication.
Dr. Soumya Adhikari
Dr. Soumya Adhikari
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Dr. Soumya Adhikari
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Can be

Like any medicine, growth hormone has risks involved in taking it, even at commonly prescribed doses.
It can raise your blood sugar, it can cause a rise in your "intracranial pressure" and slightly increases your risks for a medical condition termed scfe (slipped capital femoral epiphysis), amongst other risks. It should always be taken under the supervision of someone comfortable with its risks.

In brief: Can be

Like any medicine, growth hormone has risks involved in taking it, even at commonly prescribed doses.
It can raise your blood sugar, it can cause a rise in your "intracranial pressure" and slightly increases your risks for a medical condition termed scfe (slipped capital femoral epiphysis), amongst other risks. It should always be taken under the supervision of someone comfortable with its risks.
Dr. Soumya Adhikari
Dr. Soumya Adhikari
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