On my radio program today (wmny http://www.wmnyradio.com/business_of_health.aspx, Saturdays at noon), I'm talking with Dr Pieter Cohen about the HCG diet.
It is amazing what people will do to themselves, and what they will believe, to lose weight.
HCG is a pregnancy placenta hormone
Human chorionic gonadotropin or human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is a pregnancy hormone made by the embryo and later by the placenta.
If you have it, that may indicate testicular cancer
The β subunit of HCG is secreted by many cancers. Thus, if you have this in your blood, it means that you may have a cancer growing in your body. In particular, it can be a positive test for testicular cancer.
HCG can make you ovulate
When not being injected into people desperate to lose weight, HCG is extensively used to make women ovulate.
As a weight loss method, HCG doesn't actually work
The controversy proceeds from warnings by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that hCG is neither safe, nor effective as a weight-loss aid.
A meta analysis found that studies supporting hCG for weight loss were of poor methodological quality and concluded that "there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss or fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being".
HCG Diet Side Effects
Some side effects of the HCG Diet include a loss of your menstrual period, hair loss and mood swings.
HCG Diet Causes Cancer
Could there be a link between Cancer and the HCG Diet. She said that if someone has a pre-existing cancer that is hormone reactive.
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