Human chorionic gandotrophin, or HCG is a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women. There are many speculated benefits associated with the use of HCG. Some argue that it is a very effective tool in the fight against weight loss. This is not just an unproven assertion, but the official US Food and Drug Administration’s position is that it is untrue. However not concur the medical community that there are some advantages to the HCG in the treatment of certain conditions, including infertility and various hormone-related problems.
HCG is a water soluble hormone produced by the placenta. It is found in the urine of pregnant women, primarily in the first trimester of pregnancy. It is part of a class of glycoprotein hormones, including FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinising hormone). It contains both alpha and beta amino acids.
HCG can help increase an infertile woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, and it can help women suffering from irregular menstrual cycles. It also helps in the production of testosterone and sperm. Finally, male children born with cryptorchidism (an abnormality in the testes present at birth) is aided by HCG.
HCG and Obesity requirements
Between 1950 when first introduced by Dr. Simeons, and 1976, when the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission took action against HCG injections, HCG injections were the most popular method for obesity control in America. Dr. Simeons claimed that drug allowed people to live on as little as 500 calories a day, and that drugs distributed stored fat and helped the body to burn fat.
Some speculate their popularity was helped by doctors who wanted to have lifted the patients back for a weekly injection. Due to the lack of documented results and the government action, lost HCG injections popularity until they were revived in 2007 by an infomercial and book by Kevin Trudeau claiming that HCG injections were cure for obesity and the American Medical Association, FDA and other medical groups were part of a conspiracy to suppress the truth.
FDA Position on HCG and Obesity
Many doctors will no longer perform HCG injections due to lack of proven results and the potential side effects and risks associated with drugs. Furthermore, since 1975, the FDA requires a warning to be attached to HCG products that they have not proven to be an effective therapy in the fight against obesity, no evidence shows that they fulfill some of the promise requirements.
In men, the side effects of HCG is breast enlargement, height increases, and / or the sudden development of facial or pubic when administered to adolescents. When used as a treatment for fertility, HCG cause indigestion, vomiting or nausea, uncontrollable passing of small amounts of urine, difficulty breathing, bloating or rapid weight gain.
When used as an obesity tool in conjunction with a very low calorie diet, the risk of drastic calorie reduction exists, which doctors warn that eating a 500 calorie diet may not be enough to maintain vital organs in the body.