ever been used as arm rest by all your friends?yeah. not fun. but maybe a little human growth hormone could help with that. hey guys julia here for dnews i have always said iâ€™m average height, butgrowing up i had oddly tall friends. i wished there was some way to make myself taller.i know iâ€™m about average height for a woman, which is approximately 5â€™4. but there aresome vertically challenged people who arenâ€™t so lucky. is there something they could do?well some people take human growth hormone, to build lean body mass or to add a few extrainches to their height. human growth hormone is a hormone naturallyproduced in high amounts during childhood
and adolescence, but a study published inthe journal of clinical endocrinology & metabolism found that secretion decreases with age byaround 14% per decade. the hormone is produced in the pituitary gland, located at the baseof the brain. hgh tells the liver to produce a hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1(igf-1).the two hormones work together to tell the bones, muscles, and other tissues to grow. but due to various genetic conditions, liketurner syndrome, shox deficiency and noonan syndrome, some people just donâ€™t producethe hormone so they tend to be smaller than average. but according to one endocrinologist,if they take synthetic human growth hormone, they could gain one to four inches. hgh doesmore than add a few inches, it can even take
away fat, according to a study published inthe new england journal of medicine. the study found that hgh deficient adults who take thesynthetic hormone gain lean body mass and lose some fat body mass, which is incidentallyone of the reasons athletes dope with it. but some parents are giving the hormone totheir perfectly healthy, but short children. because in our western culture, we value tallness.studies show that taller people are generally more respected and have higher iqs and accordingto several studies published in the journal of applied psychology and another publishedin the journal of human capital, over the course of a lifetime taller folks tend toearn more money. a lot more. according to lead authors of the applied psychology study,a tall person will â€œenjoy literally hundreds
of thousands of dollars of earnings advantage.â€ but giving your perfectly healthy but shortkid hgh might not be the best idea. first of all, itâ€™s pretty expensive; costing asmuch as 50,000 dollars. for spending all that money, it might not even add height to thosewithout a deficiency. plus, it can cause some very serious health issues. too much hgh cancause a condition called acromegaly, which basically causes hands and feet swell, overlypronounced facial features, and excessive sweating. hgh use can also trigger cardiomyopathy,osteoporosis, menstrual irregularities, and impotence according to a study published inthe british journal of sports medicine. and one study published in the journal acta medicascandinavica found that condition can increase
the risk of premature death from heart problems.but still knowing all these risks, people still take hgh for more superficial reasons. so if your kid doesnâ€™t have a hormone deficiencyand are thinking of spending upwards of 50,000 dollars to try and boost their height, thinkof all the side-effects first. being short isnâ€™t really a health condition and plentyof people wind up just fine looking up at the world. plus they make good arm rests,apparently. love science? love learning? what more handpicked stories delivered straight to your inbox? sign up for our newsletter, thereâ€™sa link at the top of the description! and if youâ€™re wondering more about thatwhole being short and living longer thing,
check out this episode right here so are you short? did you get used as armrest by all your friends? yeah story of my life. tell me your story down in the commentsbelow.