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Question:

From Virginia, USA:

Would Human Growth Hormone supplementation help a diabetic have more energy and lose more fat? Do diabetics produce less HGH?

Answer:

In poorly controlled diabetes, growth hormone levels are often higher than normal. In fact, it has been suggested that the elevated growth hormone may help contribute to the development of diabetic eye disease.

Recently, there were trials with the hormone IGF-1, to try and improve diabetic control. Growth Hormone stimulates the liver to produce IGF-1. Although Growth Hormone raises the blood sugar, IGF-1 actually helps lower the blood sugar. The trials were stopped, however, because of increased incidence of eye disease.

Giving Growth Hormone supplements would most likely be very dangerous in someone with diabetes (unless they were growth hormone deficient).

TGL

Original posting 1 Nov 1998
Posted to Other Medications

  
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