No reputable physician believes human growth hormone can do anything but zilch for the effects of aging, and all over-the-counter/internet products claiming to be HGH or to promote levels of HGH within the body are bogus.
Nevertheless, spam for these expensive, fraudulent products crowd my inbox and another arrived yesterday:
“After the age of twenty-one, your body slowly stops releasing an important hormone known as HGH (Human Growth Hormone).
“The reduction of HGH, which regulates levels of other hormones in the body (including testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and melatonin) is directly responsible for many of the most common signs of growing old, such as wrinkles, gray hair, decreased energy, and diminished sexual function.
“Human Growth Hormone will normally yield the following results:
- Boost your immune system
- Rejuvenate your body and mind
- Feel & look younger
- Reduce wrinkles, lose weight, decrease cellulite
- Restore your sex drive and vigor
- Revitalize your heart, liver, kidneys & lungs
- Maintain muscle mass
- Refresh memory, mood and mental energy
- Sleep soundly and awake rested
- Help eliminate stress, fatigue and depression”
Geez - they left out warts and bunions. You just have to laugh, don’t you? Every word in that email is false, yet thousands of people waste millions of dollars on this crap. Here is some of what the Merck Manual of Health and Aging says about HGH:
“Some products that are available without a prescription are claimed to contain substances that stimulate the body’s production of human growth hormone…Human growth hormone taken by mouth cannot be used by the body…Human growth hormone applied to the skin or used as a spray cannot be absorbed by the body…”
The only approved uses for HGH are:
“…by children whose growth has been stunted. It is also used to reverse muscle wasting (atrophy) in people with AIDS and to treat people who have a deficiency of human growth hormone.”
And it must always be prescribed by a physician and must be injected for the body to use it. Some medical theories proposing that HGH might reverse frailty in old age have, in tests, proved fruitless:
“…several studies have focused on whether human growth hormone replacement can reverse the aging process…Results of these studies have been disappointing, showing no improvements. [emphasis added]
A quick Google search for HGH produces 4.5 million returns listing a variety of HGH products with unprovable claims for their concoctions. Drinking water would do you more good. But they wouldn’t be online if people weren’t buying.
When I was a little girl, I believed everything in print was required to be factual. Apparently, too many adults still believe that or, in a youth-besotted culture, will fall for any amount of fakery in their desperation to appear younger than they are.