Growth Hormone May Protect Bones

Women who want to give their bones a break
may now have another tool. I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. 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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