Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fountain of youth?

very interesting. It seems that blocking the effects of Growth Hormone may be a way to stop aging. Growth factors do encourage cancers and GH blockers can stop the growth of cancers, so this is quite interesting and not what has been main stream thinking. I will watch with interest as this research continues. Read the abstract here.

'Un-Growth Hormone' Increases Longevity, Researchers Find

ScienceDaily (Dec. 23, 2010) — A compound which acts in the opposite way as growth hormone can reverse some of the signs of aging, a research team that includes a Saint Louis University physician has shown. The finding may be counter-intuitive to some older adults who take growth hormone, thinking it will help revitalize them.

Their research was published in the Dec. 6 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings are significant, says John E. Morley, M.D., study co-investigator and director of the divisions of geriatric medicine and endocrinology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, because people sometimes take growth hormone, believing it will be the fountain of youth.

"Many older people have been taking growth hormone to rejuvenate themselves," Morley said. "These results strongly suggest that growth hormone, when given to middle aged and older people, may be hazardous."

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