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Do the growth hormones given to animals have an effect on human obesity?

Sun, 18th Jan 2009

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Question

Edie, Wellingborough asked:

Do the growth hormones given to animals have an effect on human obesity?

Answer

We put this to Professor Steve Bloom:

Growth hormone makes your muscles grow and burns up fat.  In fact it will reduce your pot belly so itís quite useful in that way.  There is a slight disadvantage which is also causes tumours to grow, being growth hormone.  Your chances of getting cancer, particularly cancer of the prostate are somewhat increased.  Iím afraid I canít really recommend it.

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