Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

In August 1996, the FDA approved Human Growth Hormone for use by adult patients with growth hormone deficiency. Somatropin is growth hormone produced by recombinant DNA technology. Reported effects on GH deficient patients (not necessary on healthy people) include decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, increased bone density, increased energy levels, improved skin tone and texture, increased sexual function and improved immune system function.

Dr. Lander counsels many people who seek out HGH therapy to help shed body fat, increase muscle tone, and improve skin tone and integrity. There are many public claims about the beneficial effects of HGH that are not yet proven and it is advisable to discuss the potential benefits carefully with Dr. Lander. For those who do meet the criteria for HGH treatment, Dr. Lander uses Nortropin brand of Somatropin in a convenient injector device that dials in the recommended daily dose for self subcutaneous injection. Patient compliance and convenience is very high.

Side Effects

Somatropin replacement should be under a doctor careful supervision. Regular application of extra GH may show several negative side-effects such as joint swelling, joint pain, fluid retention, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a theoretical increased risk of diabetes. Other side effects can include less sleep needed after dosing. This is common initially and decreases in effect after habitual use of GH.


A Stanford University School of Medicine survey of clinical studies on the subject published in early 2007 showed that the application of GH on healthy elderly patients increased muscle by about 2 kg and decreased body fat by the same amount. Liu H, Bravata DM, Olkin I, Nayak S, Roberts B, Garber AM, Hoffman AR (January 2007). “Systematic review: the safety and efficacy of growth hormone in the healthy elderly”. Ann. Intern. Med. 146 (2): 104“15).

Claims for GH as an anti-aging treatment date back to 1990 when the New England Journal of Medicine published a study wherein GH was used to treat 12 men over 60. At the conclusion of the study, all the men showed statistically significant increases in lean body mass and bone mineral, while the control group did not. Rudman D, Feller AG, Nagraj HS, Gergans GA, Lalitha PY, Goldberg AF, Schlenker RA, Cohn L, Rudman IW, Mattson DE (July 1990). “Effects of human growth hormone in men over 60 years old”. N. Engl. J. Med. 323 (1)

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