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The Effects of Human Growth Hormones Human Growth Hormones has controversy surrounding its use medically In 1956 the human growth hormone was first isolated to be further studied Then in 1972 its structure was first analyzed The only source of this hormone was in pituitary glands until the mid-1980s Through genetic engineering this hormone HGH is available in large amounts that it is used in other treatments Human growth hormones are produced naturally in the pituitary gland of humans but synthetic human growth hormones are prescription drugs Some have been approved by in the United States for several years for treating growth hormone deficiency Growth hormone deficiency is when the child has a small stature compared with normal height Human growth hormone functions to correct the height problem of the child Without treatment eg boys typically reach a height of 130 cm at the age of 18 compared to a normal height of 162 cm What is Growth Hormone 1 Human growth hormones are products of synthetic biotechnology which mimics the natural hormones produced by the pituitary gland An experiment involving lab mice showed how the aging process can be slowed 19-month old lab mice were either injected twice a week with growth hormone or saline Their results after 13 weeks of treatment showed that 39 of the saline mice were still alive which is normal The growth hormone treated mice on the other hand proved to be unusual 93 of the mice were still alive after 13 weeks The experiment continued they stopped the injections for 6 weeks During this duration of time all of the saline injected mice expired while only one out of the twenty growth hormones injected mice died The end of the experiment showed that 18 of the original mice have survived The Cause of Aging 1 A leading cause of deaths in the world is AIDS Severe weight loss is a common problem in people with advanced
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