What Do Doctors Think of the HCG Diet?
HCG has Several Direct and Indirect Dangers
HCG is used medically to stimulate the production of estrogen in women and testosterone in men, its “on label” indication. Estrogen in some patients will increase the risk of blood clots in the deep veins called a DVT and which may then travel to the lungs called a pulmonary embolus (PE).
In women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer (which is about 80% of women with breast cancer) and unfortunately, about one of every eight women will get breast cancer in her life. Taking estrogen is like pouring gasoline on the fire, it helps cancer to grow faster.
In men, too much testosterone can also cause problems including polycythemia (too many red blood cells) increasing the risk of stroke.
Recommendations Against HCG
In 2006, the AMA (American Medical Association) adopted the position that the use of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) for weight loss is inappropriate.
The two leading societies involved with obesity: the Obesity Medicine Association (), the leading clinical society dedicated to the treatment of obesity and the Obesity Society (obesity.org), the research society dedicated to the science of Obesity, both have position statements against the use of HCG as a weight loss tool.
FDA statement for HCG
Since 1975, the FDA has required the following statement on HCG. “HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”
HCG for Weight Loss
A physician named A.T. W. Simeons started the use of HCG & the 500-calorie HCG diet in 1954. From its inception, over one dozen studies have repeatedly failed to prove its value as a weight loss tool. Reliable studies have shown that HCG does not add anything to the strict calorie restriction present in the HCG diet.
At best, HCG is merely a placebo.
Is it smart to pay hundreds of dollars for a placebo??
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