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If I am a healthy adult, will Human Growth Hormone increase fat loss and increase lean muscle mass?


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Multiple studies show that adipose (fat) is decreased and muscle mass is increased in health adult men and women taking injected HGH over 6 months. However. the effect is small, and there is no difference in fat loss v. lean muscle mass gain when compared to just going to the gym a few days per week to lift weights. Save your money and get a gym pass!


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