Growth Hormone May Protect Bones

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A new study from Sweden found that even years after human growth hormone or HGH treatment, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis had a lower risk of fractures. Osteoporosis causes the bones to gradually become thinner and more brittle, which can greatly increase the risk of fractures.

Researchers divided the patients into three groups, women in the first group were given a daily injection of 1 unit of HGH. Women in the second group were given a daily injection of 2.5 units of HGH. Women in the third group were given a placebo injection. After seven years, the women on the higher dose of growth hormone had better bone mineral density than the other two groups. Bone fractures in the women on HGH also dropped by half.

Make sure to speak with your doctor about your risk for osteoporosis.

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