HGH and Cancer
Human growth hormone is a hormone that is made by the body naturally, however, the HGH that is given by injection is synthetic (recombinant). The possibility of synthetic hormone replacement therapy increasing the risk of cancer has always been a subject of concern and controversy.
For instance, in some studies the use of synthetic estrogen without progesterone has shown an increased incidence of endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women, but other studies have disputed this conclusion.
The 2002 Women's Health Initiative study of estrogen and progesterone therapy was halted because the reports of cases of breast cancer exceeded the predefined safety boundary.
The NHLBI's announcement caused a wide scare in women, however the NHLBI did not also announce that their researchers did not use bioidentical hormones that are identical to the hormones the body makes but instead used synthetic hormones that were not identical to that made by the body.
Concerning human growth hormone increasing the risk of cancer, some experiments seemed to support the idea that synthetic HGH injections might cause an increase in cancer cell production. Very large doses of the HGH injections induced cancer in laboratory animals.
Two studies showed that men with higher than normal IGF-1 levels had an increased risk for cancer. IGF-1 levels reflect the amount of HGH in the body. Regarding the results of these two studies, Dr. Michael Anchors, a physician and biochemist at Harvard comments that we know that IGF-1 decreases with age so if high IGF-1 levels are associated with prostate cancer shouldn't the risk for prostate cancer decrease with aging rather than increase?
He is correct, in fact, 5 other studies on IGF-1 and prostate cancer showed that there was no connection between IGF-1 and prostate cancer.
One study showed what appeared to be an increase in the incidence of leukemia in Japanese children being treated with synthetic HGH injections. The problem with this study was the fact that it included children who had already been diagnosed with leukemia prior to their HGH therapy. When these children were removed from the study, there was no increase in the incidence of cancer compared to the general population.
HGH injection therapy also did not increase the recurrence rate of tumors in human growth hormone deficient children after their tumors had been irradiated.
The pharmaceutical company Pharmacia UpJohn has stated that in the culture tests they have done there has not been any evidence of cancer cell mutation, which is the first step of cancer development.
Can HGH Help Prevent Cancer?
Some researchers believe HGH restoration actually gives the body a protective factor and helps to prevent cancer.
None of Dr. Chein and Dr. Terry's 800 test subjects developed cancer, in fact one patient saw his prostate cancer go away!
I personally look at it this way; when we are young our natural human growth hormone level is at its highest. During this time of youth we are at our lowest risk for cancer, as we age our HGH level decreases and our risk for cancer increases! This is why I take and recommend homeopathic HGH, which is not synthetic hormone replacement therapy, as the injections are.
Homeopathic HGH helps the pituitary gland to release a more youthful amount of the body's own HGH.
Lisa Wells, RN
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