Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Growth hormone cuts abnormal fat in patients with HIV

But the treatment may produce an unnecessary risk for those who have early stages of diabetes, researchers say. Low doses of human growth hormone can reverse some of the abnormal fat distribution caused by HIV therapy, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, but the treatment may produce an unnecessary risk for those who have early stages of diabetes, researchers said Sunday. The hormone produced good results but would have to be used carefully to avoid inducing diabetes, said Dr. Steven Grinspoon of the Harvard Medical School, lead author of the paper.

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