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Dosing Recommendations for Growth Hormone (GH) in Adults

Brian Turner

Posted on June 22 2018

Many aging adults use growth hormone (GH) to increase muscle mass, decrease fat and improve the appearance of the skin. Some people have side effects such as numbness in the hands and feet, insulin resistance and joint pain. A review of literature by scientists from the University of Turin concluded that the best strategy for avoiding side effects is to begin with modest doses of approximately one to four milligrams per week. Growth hormone works mainly by increasing IGF-1 levels. IGF-1 provides a convenient method of accurately assessing the effective dose of growth hormone. Taking a more conservative approach minimizes side effects and maximizes the drug's effectiveness. (European Journal of Endocrinology, published online November 14)