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

18 January 2009

Question

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 it's 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. I'm afraid I can't really recommend it.

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