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Does human growth hormone help patients with diabetes?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Increases sugar

Human gh is diabetogenic, ie it increases the blood sugar.
Could it increase body growth? I am sure it could but the big picture is important. How much is the benefit versus the risk?

In brief: Increases sugar

Human gh is diabetogenic, ie it increases the blood sugar.
Could it increase body growth? I am sure it could but the big picture is important. How much is the benefit versus the risk?
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe yes

It has been known that pts w/ pituitary insufficiency (congenital low hgh) have a low incidence of diabetes.
But they are not insulated from diabetic retinopathy (damage to retina) in diabetes ii. There may a place for HGH in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. See neat paper showing improvement in angiogenesis with hgh. Insulin-like growth factor i plasmid therapy promotes in vivo angiogenes.

In brief: Maybe yes

It has been known that pts w/ pituitary insufficiency (congenital low hgh) have a low incidence of diabetes.
But they are not insulated from diabetic retinopathy (damage to retina) in diabetes ii. There may a place for HGH in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. See neat paper showing improvement in angiogenesis with hgh. Insulin-like growth factor i plasmid therapy promotes in vivo angiogenes.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Hgh is diabetogenic.
We screen patients on growth hormone yearly for diabetes. It is vital in preventing hypoglycemia infants. In patients with diabetes going through adolescence, blood sugars increase in large part because of increased growth hormone production. Teens with diabetes usually need large increases in Insulin doses to better control high blood sugars.

In brief: No

Hgh is diabetogenic.
We screen patients on growth hormone yearly for diabetes. It is vital in preventing hypoglycemia infants. In patients with diabetes going through adolescence, blood sugars increase in large part because of increased growth hormone production. Teens with diabetes usually need large increases in Insulin doses to better control high blood sugars.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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