What are the American Geriatrics Society recommendations for the use of GH replacement in older adults?

Updated: Apr 14, 2020
  • Author: Angela Gentili, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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GH is used in antiaging medicine in an attempt to reverse the decrease of GH levels with age. [22] The American Geriatrics Society 2015 updated Beers criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults make a strong recommendation against the use of GH in older adults because "the impact on body composition is small and associated with edema, arthralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, gynecomastia and impaired fasting glucose." The only exception is its use as hormone replacement after pituitary gland removal. [16]


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