In Dr. Oz’s lastest episode which aired on Tuesday, October 28th Dr. Mehmet Oz posed the question, “Is HGH the key to a perfect body”?
Human growth hormone or HGH is normally known as a performance enhancing drug used by some athletes to improve performance and muscle mass. Now women and men are using it for cosmetic purposes such as anti aging or muscle toning.
Dr Oz sends an investigative reporter, Elizabeth Leamy, across the country to see why HGH may now be the drug of choice, in and out of Hollywood.
Leamy says that celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Debbie Harry and Suzanne Somers all are known for having used HGH to look and feel better. HGH advocates state that the shots are an energy booster, improves sex drive, metabolism and build lean muscle.
Another fact that was mentioned was that HGH is beginning to go main stream with an estimated 6000 new patients getting shots at clinics every year and even more people buying HGH online.
Dr. Oz sent Leamy to visit clinics that prescribe HGH with a hidden camera to capture what patients might be told during a consultation.
At one clinic a staff member is heard explaining to the reporter “HGH is a hormone that helps keep you just like you were 20 years old…. It breaks down fat cells which have liquid inside. What it does it drains the fat cell liquid so that it oxidates faster… Your mass improves; you get leaner, you’re going to feel like a million bucks. It’s known as the fountain of youth.”
Elizabeth Leamy asks the staff member if HGH is safe to which he replies “If prescribed and monitored by a specialist, absolutely. Yes!” The staff member also said on tape that he and his wife both use the product.
Is HGH Safe
According to some studies HGH may have some side effects including aching joints, increased risk of diabetes risk, heart issues and even cancer. In addition the FDA has not endorsed HGH as a safe product for anti-aging purposes.
Some of Leamy’s biggest concerns from her visits was the fact that HGH therapy seemed to be offered in “swanky” or upscale clinics with price tags for therapy for up to $5,000 per month. Another stated concern was that some clinics offered to mix “custom compounds” which means product and dosage might be in question.
Dr. Oz takes over and explains how HGH works like this:
“The body naturally produces HGH in the brain. Growth hormone is needed to grow especially in childhood and that it also maintains tissue and organs.” He goes on to explain that HGH rises until a person reaches their 20’s and then declines rapidly after that and that some experts feel that restoring HGH levels can make a person feel better and look younger.
Guest Endorses HGH
Dr. Oz invited a guest named Theresa to the show who is a HGH patient. Theresa explained that at age 54 she had put on 40lbs and looked bad, felt bad and wanted to make a change. After doing some research she learned about HGH and became a patient. Since starting HGH 4 months ago she has lost all of the weight she had put on and said “I couldn’t be happier, HGH has changed my body and my life.”
HGH is sold in several different ways including in clinics which was the focus of the episode. Another way it is sold is over the counter in a few forms which include as a pill form, spray or injectable.
HGH is sold as a spray or pill (or even injectable) as IGF-1 and deer antler spray. Deer antler spray was made famous by former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis who was suspected of using the product to heal a torn muscle in his last NFL season. Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen was taking HCG to increase his hormone levels when TRT replacement therapy was banned by the organization which goes to show that hormone therapy is not unusual at all. There are also other alternatives to raise HGH with OTC products.
HGH (in any form) is not known to be 100% effective or digestible when taken by mouth, it is also worth mentioning again that the FDA does not approve of HGH as an anti aging product but that does not seem to stop the thousands of people who are using this to look and feel their best.
You can see the full episode here!