Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Complementary Medicine

Human Growth Hormone

01/14/2008

Question:

Is the dietary supplement Human Growth Hormone safe and effective in fat loss and overall health?

Answer:

The very short answer to this question is no. HGH and other supplements have NOT been shown safe nor effective for weight loss.

However, dietary composition and quality have everything to do with weight loss - especially weight loss that can be maintained and does not leave you feeling hungry.

If you have a deficiency in a vitamin or mineral, like iron or vitamin b-12. You may feel tired and may even have food cravings. So making sure, with the help of a physician that your levels are normal is important. No high doses of other supplements have been shown safe and effective.

Making sure your diet looks largely as follows:

  1. About half of your food is vegetables and fruit - and NOT in juice form (this does not include potato, corn, peas and beans like kidney, pinto, black)
  2. about one quarter of your food is high quality carbohydrate - this means largely 100% whole grains, legumes (peas and beans) and minimal to NO refined carbohydrates (white rice, white flour, white noodles, sugar, high fructose corn syrup)
  3. about one quarter of your food should be high quality protein - lean meat/poultry/game, fish, nuts, lean dairy, eggs

Also eating protein at breakfast - 12 grams (about 2 eggs) and fiber (whole grain or produce) will help control evening appetite.

Remember, even with prescribed medications, weight loss will not happen or be maintained without a low calorie diet and regular exercise - LIFELONG

For more information:

Go to the Complementary Medicine health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Eileen  Seeholzer, MD, MS Eileen Seeholzer, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University