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Growth hormone reduces body fat
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GROWTH HORMONE REPLACEMENT REDUCES BODY FAT, cholesterol, triglycerides and diastolic blood pressure in middle-aged men according to a recent study.
Thirty men with abdominal obesity ages 48 to 66 years were treated with recombinant human growth hormone (HGH) or placebo for nine months in a randomized, double-blind trial.
In the HGH group body fat decreased by 9 percent, abdominal subcutaneous 6 percent, and abdominal/visceral fat 18 percent.
There were also decreases in total cholesterol, triglycerides, and diastolic blood pressure, but no changes in blood sugar, insulin levels, or systolic blood pressure.
The dose of HGH used was 4.3 mcg per pound of body weight.
Johannsson G, Marin P, Lonn L, Ottosson M, Stenlof K, Bjorntorp P, Sjostrom L, Bengtsson BA. Growth hormone treatment of abdominally obese men reduces abdominal fat mass, improves glucose and lipoprotein metabolism, and reduces diastolic blood pressure. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 1997 Mar, 82(3):727-34.
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