Charleston, SC (PressExposure) October 23, 2008 -- Although human growth hormone has grabbed headlines recently for its abuse by athletes, a new study shows that hormone treatments in appropriate doses can actually help improve physical and mental health and stave off disease.
The study, published in Volume 2008 of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, followed 91 men and 97 women, ages 25 to 82, who were treated for clinically-documented hormone deficiencies, testosterone and/or growth hormones at Cenegenics Medical Institute in Las Vegas over a three-year period.
The results showed improvement in mood and quality of life, along with increased lean body mass, decreased fat and increased bone density in men and women across a wide age range. These improvements can stave off coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and bone fractures, while improving strength and coordination, according to the study. The study found the treatments were generally safe and well tolerated.
This information isn't surprising to Dr. Mickey Barber, CEO of Cenegenics Carolinas located in Charleston, S.C. Cenegenics is a preventive health and age management medical institute that helps patients improve quality of life and feel years younger through a customized regimen of exercise, nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation and hormone optimization.
"We know appropriate use of hormones can be incredibly beneficial to patients who have hormone deficiencies," says Dr. Barber, a board-certified anesthesiologist and former assistant professor at Tulane University. "I've personally seen the results in my patients for years. When combined with proper nutrition and exercise, hormones can significantly improve a person's quality of life, helping them feel great as they age."
But hormones - like many medically appropriate drugs - can be abused. Some professional athletes take human growth hormone in large amounts as a way to build muscle mass and have found negative side effects.
"Unfortunately, misuse of hormones has given this medical treatment negative attention," Barber said. "It's encouraging to see this latest study reinforces the potential benefits of growth hormone and testosterone when used appropriately and under medical supervision as we do here at Cenegenics."
The research was funded by Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Cenegenics Medical Institute, in conjunction with two recognized professors from the University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine, Drs. Enrique Ginzburg and Nancy Klimas.
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The Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare is a peer-reviewed, online scientific journal of Dove Open Access. The study is called "Testosterone and growth hormone normalization: a retrospective study of health outcomes."