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Excess abdominal fat is linked to insulin resistance, abnormal blood fats and fatty liver disease. Growth hormone is an important regulator of metabolism and body composition. A study from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University showed that administering growth hormone (2 micrograms per kilogram of bodyweight) for six months decreased abdominal and liver fat and improved blood fat levels and mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are powerhouses of the cells. Losing abdominal fat is extremely difficult. The researchers speculated that growth hormone therapy might be a viable alternative for treating abdominal obesity in young men. (Journal Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism, printed online July 3)