Human Growth Hormone use to Treat Cystic Fibrosis in Children

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When HGH is administered correctly, it can have remarkable benefits. The use of human growth hormone to treat arrested growth in children

HGH reduces hospital stays in kids with CF

dates back to the 1950’s but a recent study at the University of Connecticut indicates that HGH could be promising in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis in children.

Human growth hormone is a natural protein that is produced in our pituitary gland. It stimulates the growth of bones, muscles, cells, etc. When children are deficient in human growth hormone, their growth is stunted and they may even suffer from dwarfism, and children began to grow normally.

HGH Research and Cystic Fibrosis

The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, was produced by the UConn/Hartford Hospital Evidence-based Practice Center and was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. What researchers discovered is that when HGH is injected into CF children the number of hospital stays relating to the disease is reduced.

There is no indication that HGH will extend the lives of these children; however, based on other research relating to HGH it would not be too hard to make the leap that the potential is there. Since cystic fibrosis affects multiple organs, and HGH restores organs; I would think that we are likely to see more research in this area to see if a link can be established, and perhaps how the human growth hormone might be used effectively in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.

“It’s intuitive that it might be beneficial as far as length of life goes, but we won’t be able to go ahead and tell that just yet,” said one of the researchers, Craig Lapin of UConn’s Department of Pediatrics and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Reduced Hospital Stays

For those who received human growth hormone, White said, annual hospitalizations decreased by half, from about three hospitalizations per year to one and a half.
HGH therapy can be expensive, but fewer hospitalizations should balance out the expense.
”Hopefully, this is going to encourage cystic fibrosis care providers to use it more frequently in patients at the lower end of weight and of short stature,” Lapin said of the findings.

If hospital stays can be reduced, it’s easy to see how a daily injection might become part of the treatment regime for Cystic Fibrosis kids. If they enjoy additional benefits, well that would be great!

In all the negativity we hear about human growth hormone, and its use by athletes and those looking for the ‘fountain of youth,’ it’s important to remember just how important HGH is in the human body, and the many benefits it can provide when used appropriately. And a 50% reduction in hospital stays by those dealing with cystic fibrosis is huge!

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