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Hormones Do Not Slow Aging

Hormones Do Not Slow AgingA leading authority has spoken out against the promotion and distribution of growth hormones for non-medical uses such as anti-aging and sports.

In an editorial appearing in the Future Medicine journal Aging Health, Dr. Thomas T. Perls, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, applauds the courage and example displayed by the AMA in its recently published assessment of the risks and benefits of growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen and DHEA for anti-aging.

The editorial entitled “Anti-aging medicine: what should we tell our patients?” is freely available at http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/full/10.2217/ahe.10.11

The search for the Fountain of Youth is not a new phenomenal.

According to background information in the article, entrepreneurs have recently introduced “bio-identical” or “all-natural” hormones.

What they mean by these terms varies from substances made from vegetables – such as soy or yams, which some claim have estrogen-like effects to, more commonly, drugs that are exactly the same as hormones prescribed by endocrinologists for specific diseases.

Dr. Perls remarked: “The terms bio-identical or all-natural, particularly in the case of the drugs prescribed by endocrinologists, misleadingly convey a sense of safety to the gullible customer. Arsenic is all-natural to, and it even has some medical uses, but it is anything but safe.”

“The AMA’s review of the risks and benefits of these hormones in the setting of anti-aging and athletic enhancement is very important given its inclusion of the consensus and position statements of the key professional medical societies as well as the federal agencies that guard public health.” states Dr. Perls in the editorial.

The editorial summarizes the AMA’s assessment for each of the purported anti-aging hormones and essentially the bottom line of his argument is that in terms of anti-aging, the risks of these hormones out-weigh the little or no benefit.

Dr. Perls denounces the marketing of these hormones, particularly growth hormone and anabolic steroids (anabolic steroids are variations of testosterone), for anti-aging.

He also provides guidelines for spotting “red flags of quackery” and basic advice that physicians can lend to their patients in their pursuit of healthy aging.

Source: Boston University Medical Center

Hormones Do Not Slow Aging

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Hormones Do Not Slow Aging. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/04/14/hormones-do-not-slow-aging/12830.html

 

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