Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy Risks In Women

Growth hormone is always a controversial topic and no matter why you may be taking it or why you or your doctor may be considering this therapy you should know that the risks for growth hormone replacement therapy in women are higher than previously thought.

Researchers presenting at the Endocrine Society revealed findings that women who have undergone this form of hormone treatment were two and a half (250 percent) more likely to die of heart disease than the average person.

What is more interesting about the findings is that men had no increased risk of death at all when they underwent the treatment.

This tells us something that seems quite important on face value but really just opens up more questions in my eyes. For instance was the group of women screened ahead of time. Was there some other risk factor for heart disease that could have been at play that wasn’t adjusted for? Or are women who undergo growth hormone replacement really that more at risk – could it be that simple?

One thing that is unclear is whether lifestyle factors can minimize this increase in risk but it should be safe to assume that positive changes to one’s lifestyle should improve your chances for preventing heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America and preventing it alone would dramatically increase the life expectancies of the general population. If you are a women getting growth hormone replacement and are concerned about the risks then this should at least be motivation to you to take up activities that proactively improve cardiovascular health and limit heart attack risk.

For more on heart attacks see these posts on the risk of heart attacks in relation to BMI, what to do after a heart attack as well as this post on heart attack recovery, and be sure to know the common symptoms of clogged arteries.

You may also want to read some more general information on how to live longer with some of these longevity secrets.


Leading Causes of Death

Heart Disease is easily the leading cause of death in America. One of the major contributors to heart disease is cholesterol. See the following posts for more on lowering your risk for heart disease:

How To Lower LDL Cholesterol Levels Naturally

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