Human growth hormone as beauty treatment?
Is new trend really safe?
- Duration 7:32
- Date Mar 20, 2012
Is new trend really safe?
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All right let's have a very honest conversation nobody really really really really wants to grow old right.
But we have to face it it says happened so what if you -- take something to restore.
That youthful -- to your face smooth the way wrinkles get rid of the body fat -- -- your energy sounds pretty good right.
There -- -- little -- to this that there's just one little detail the so called fountain of youth through the trend that.
Is really gaining especially out in Hollywood.
Is actually human growth hormone.
-- apparently it's all the rage the question is is it being overprescribed how Smart is this to actually.
Doctor Andre Berger is co author of the Beverly Hills and say aging prescription at the book he's -- the director of the review the life I tell any -- -- So we -- Dr.
-- with us as well senior managing editor proxies -- dot com and a medical eighteen -- doctor -- a mistake that you first on this because -- something -- -- -- prescribe.
Qualified patients you get this warm round.
Well the only circumstance or qualifies for patients have a diagnosis of a don't growth hormone deficiency and that's based upon.
Examining the patient getting the patient's symptoms.
Testing and then based upon you know making that diagnosis.
Putting the patient on the -- on however.
Just like in a symphony orchestra no one instrument is the orchestra.
Same thing -- with our hormones no one hormone is the orchestra if you will so so we're looking at a balance here.
How would -- Wendy tested for a deficiency.
-- that would require -- CH what would be some of the symptoms that someone might feel that you attest to this.
Well there are a lot of symptoms they start you know that their whole body symptoms -- basically patients will be coming in for the most part with.
There were getting get the weight gain they're they're having trouble with muscle mass they're having problems with libido sexual performance mood sleep.
And issues so there the whole host of things that patience will come -- if it's not a just as simple symptom.
There's a whole number of symptoms that can be associated with -- -- you really have to tease it out.
Because issue -- just one of many variables that can contribute to these symptoms.
It sounds like there's by dimension there's a lot there's a lot to this at the reason why this article and is a specific article in Vanity Fair that talked about this.
I that you -- need for and this caught my attention because I'm a sports fan and I know a lot athletes.
That had been accused of using HGH is not legal use for athletic performance and so I was curious about why I really think it would be okay for the rest of us use.
If it's not okay for athletes because it enhances their performance how how safe do you really believe this is doctor.
Well -- -- is really say if if you're treating a deficiency in -- replacing what's missing.
And you treated to what we call physiological roles in other -- not super physical on -- at a level that would be normal and safe.
However if you start over treating.
And or another where is trying to overdo things for enhancing for example like her I say a muscular development that's and say okay -- an extended to problem how.
How what what's the youngest person that you prescribed HGH -- Well normally.
The youngest person -- Kind of resuming their twenties but that would be somebody that has they have some form of traumatic brain injury and hasn't been through -- very general pituitary issues.
And that that would be the reason for them you know having this at a younger age.
But most of the patients are well into their mid forties and beyond.
Engines and that -- so much we really appreciate the perspective to summon that that this is their specialty -- that.
That hasn't -- knowledge on on this subject matter thank you for joining us on this topic I Dr.
Manny went to bringing you -- as -- because again it's really caught our attention.
And we thought -- Well let's I come from a different school fought I think that.
That this AM HZH.
Could be a very big problem because it's really not been regulated as well as you should.
Love the fundamental difference here is that.
And there are some doctors and a chronology -- which abortion defied they will tell you.
Perfectly well that this whole deficiency of this hormone is a lot of you know hot air.
That you asked the question before what went should this hormone be utilized well -- foremost manufacturer when you have.
As significant pituitary deficiency that deficiencies.
They are being there are children that are -- growing and and now through special protocols they're pediatricians will inject him with human growth hormone.
Yes if you have a major brain injury where you've been to a Terry.
Is gone then you may have.
But that's not mainstream right and having it happen all the time that argument is that the you know the doctors nowadays.
They want to have forget about that and what they want to do is they wanna say okay.
We're gonna treat symptoms rather than the reality of the laboratories.
This whole argument of deficiencies most of these dot does that replace this hormones.
They all the labs for the -- and Giuliani about that nobody really can find out indeed if these levels are low or not how accurate these I'm not labs.
That you would that you would utilize these are special last.
You went tomorrow percent and that unlike those regulated so I think that this is a dangerous drugs so let me ask you rather dangerous drug that because there's a lot of things in the market -- deal with anti aging.
There is Botox is all source of injections on just Botox is about to surgery that you could take well but I -- -- This is out -- apparently that's so what is the difference and if so what they're willing to get mobile face -- Paul called time but about plastic surgery addiction we talk about and people injecting cement under this can we talk about all the potential side effects from anesthesia.
I'm not saying that you know you know they argument alive is whether you wanna be a triangle what you wanna be a square.
People believe here and here we are what we're born right.
We have all the hormones we have all the -- and then of course as we get older everything changes.
People believe that we shouldn't change from the moment we're born to the moment that we -- So it you have to decide what it what you want to be alive if you wanna be.
Well I square there then you gonna use plastic surgery you're gonna look do you use all of these foremost whether they're safe or not.
But if you are if you want to be a triangle you -- have a very natural aging process it you know it's you know.
Which means that I did you -- you -- exercise eat right and onto -- the.
I think everybody does -- you couldn't -- got to square expect things you're doing well that's a done.
John is not what he's a very elegant Strayanov on the block hit.
Didn't -- -- -- conversation back to me and makes some really good point because they think about my nieces who were growing up in his teenaged.
You know we're Botox -- -- all the -- everything -- -- surgery you wonder what kind of outcome objections might be around when they airing 1820.
25 years on this and that's really one of the reasons violent talk.
-- this hormone real quick you know like you you get to get developed cancer -- you're not careful you can develop bad type two diabetes you can develop.
Water retention -- a lot of things of this hormone can do.
So it they're natural ways that you can increase that any of you wanna find the natural ways of increasing -- you can go to Fox News health dot com we'll tell you exactly.
How -- how to increase your growth hormone without really having to take an artificial.
That's gonna check that out -- me I have -- I have a trap on coming up and -- Zenyatta who don't need anything you'll hear his old high -- -- up.
I can -- say here -- I do for you.