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HGH and fat burners
Posted by: G.C.
Date: May 6, 2001 7:56 AM

I am a male who is 50 years of age. I work out consistently three to four times per week using wieghts and also do aerobic work on the cross trainer machine (44 minutes at level 16). I would like to add some more muscle mass and although I eat a very good well balanced diet, supplemented with a good whey protein, I seem to not gain any size or more muscle mass. Also, I have noticed that I am still a little thick in the waist size 34. I was going to use one of the fat burner products that are advertised in the muscle mags to try to get some reduction in the fat department. I mentioned to the clerk in the store that I had a problem with my prostate where I had difficulties in urination as my prostate was slightly enlarged therefore restricting the flow.

RE: HGH and fat burners
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: May 6, 2001 1:35 PM

If you are unable to put on muscle mass as you did when you were younger, the most likely cause is declining levels of HGH and/or testosterone. Supplementation with either of these should be done only after consulting a doc who performs lab tests demonstrating the need for supplementation. The only nutrient which will mimic the effects of these hormones is creatine. Combined with exercise the effect is usually satisfactory. Taken as directed it is safe. Saw palmetto is good for mild cases of BPH. You should have a yearly exam and PSA tests after 50.



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