What You Should Never Take if you Have Cancer:

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Growth Hormone Stimulators (do NOT take either)

HGH has been a big hype in the professional athletic world and nutritional companies have been selling HGH stimulators for years.  HGH stimulates production of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a hormone that has growth-stimulating effects on a wide variety of tissues. It helps tissues grow, including bones and muscles.

In addition to increasing height in children and adolescents, growth hormone has many other effects on the body:

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  • Increases calcium retention, and strengthens and increases the mineralization of bone
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Promotes lipolysis (breakdown of fat)
  • Increases protein synthesis
  • Stimulates the growth of all internal organs excluding the brain
  • Plays a role in homeostasis (normal balance of everything)
  • Reduces liver uptake of glucose
  • Promotes gluconeogenesis in the liver
  • Contributes to the maintenance and function of pancreatic cells
  • Stimulates the immune system

In paper, it seems that HGH would be great for cancer, but it’s NOT!  It has been shown to cause cancer cells to grow!!!  I have never promoted hormone therapy and this is another reason why I take that stance.  Simple: Don’t artificially mess with hormones.  Also, do NOT take the HGH stimulators if you have cancer!!

 

More on IGF-1

There have been recent studies that higher levels of IGF-1 can increase the risk of different cancers.  I already stated above that taking HGH or HGH stimulators will increase IGF-1, but dietary considerations are important as well.  IGF-1’s primary action is mediated by binding to its specific receptor in the cell membrane, the Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R), present on many cell types in many tissues. When IGF-1 docks into the IGF1R, it initiates intracellular signaling; IGF-1 is one of the most potent natural activators of the AKT signaling pathway, a stimulator of cell growth and proliferation.  That’s what it’s supposed to do – stimulate GROWTH.  BUT it also is an extremely potent inhibitor of programmed cell death (apoptosis).

So, – higher levels of IGF-1 = decreased death of cells that are supposed to die – increased IGF-1 = increased cancer growth!

What can you do about it?

  1. Don’t take HGH or natural stimulators of HGH
  2. Watch your diet! Sugar stimulate IGF-1 production
  3. Stop/decrease bad carbohydrates other than sugar (see Cancer Diet)
  4. Reduce body fat – exercise
  5. Get help for Metabolic Syndrome (talk to your doctor)

Please see my blog on A Guide to General Supplements For Cancer Patients for more information what what you SHOULD take and a general overview of supplements for cancer patients.

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