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TAKING GROWTH HORMONE

ANCHOR LEAD: HOW MUST GROWTH HORMONE BE TAKEN TO BE EFFECTIVE?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Human growth hormone is a protein produced in a brain structure called the pituitary gland, involved in many aspects of metabolism.  Since growth hormone declines naturally with age, many have speculated that supplementation may be one means to stave off aging.  But now a Johns Hopkins study led by Roberto Salvatori seems to refute that idea, since dwarves totally lacking the hormone enjoyed the same lifespan as their normal siblings.  And most supplements aren’t effective for another reason: the hormone is given as a shot.

SALVATORI:  It’s a subcutaneous injection given daily.  All those things that you buy online, growth hormone enhancer or growth hormone pills, in the best case scenario do not enter you because growth hormone is a protein and once gone through the stomach it would be degraded and so there would be no absorption of growth hormone.                 :17

Salvatori recommends other strategies to slow the aging process such as exercise and a prudent diet.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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