Is human growth hormone the fountain of youth? A new study published in the January 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found that despite highly reported risks, there is some benefit in the elderly. The study found that healthy elderly taking HGH (FDA approved for children with growth deficiencies and for some adults) experienced an increase in muscle mass by slightly more than four pounds, and decreased fat mass about the same amount. The study also cites the cost of treatment at $1,000 to $2,000 per month, and notes that there are side effects, as with any hormonally based treatment. This study is specifically for FDA approved human growth hormone, not over-the-counter supplements, vitamins or anti-aging treatments.
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