Attitude, Fitness

New Worries About HGH

Human growth hormone, taken increasingly by boomers who want smoother skin and better muscle tone, is coming under new scrutiny, thanks to some recent research. The Wall Street Journal imagesreports that studies published this year offer the strongest indication yet that lower levels–rather than higher levels– of a compound related to growth hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1, are related to longevity and lower risk of cancer as people reach old age. Wait, it gets worse. The Journal reports that “even supposed antiaging benefits may not truly be healthy. There’s evidence that the increased muscle from growth hormone doesn’t actually increase strength. Growth of muscle alone due to HGH use won’t necessarily improve functioning if the well-worn neural pathways to the brain aren’t repaired. And growth hormone does stimulate cartilage growth, but this can actually cause carpal tunnel syndrome in older people.” Yikes. There must be a better, if not easier, way to stay young. Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

One Comment

  1. Jeff Matheney

    Listen, I do not take HGH, and rarely take an NSAID. Face it, there are positives and/or negatives to every single thing in this world. You can kill yourself by drinking water. You will die, no matter what. So what is your point?

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