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Benefits and Potential Risks of HCG Injections

Mark Neumann

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Although HCG injections are popular weight loss solutions among men and women, they aren’t without their potential drawbacks. Weighing the possible pros and cons of this weight loss method can help you make an informed decision. Here are some of the potential risks and benefits.

What are HCG Injections?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a naturally occurring hormone the placenta makes during pregnancy. Pregnancy tests look for the presence of HCG to see if a woman is pregnant. It has also been used in weight loss since the 1950s.

A British endocrinologist Dr. ATW Simeons used HCG injections to help patients lose weight. He claimed the natural hormone resets patient’s metabolisms and helps them lose weight without the hunger or weakness that goes with most diets. Since then, dieters have combined HCG injections and a low-calorie diet to lose weight.

Potential Risks of HCG Injections

Some of the diet’s critics say the HCG diet might result in short-term weight loss, but it also might lower metabolism and cause the body to lose muscle, and that when patients try to stay on a restrictive diet long-term, they may end up actually gaining weight.

Critics are also concerned that injecting hormones might upset the body’s balance. Hormonal imbalances can cause headaches, blood clots, thinning hair, tender breasts and leg cramps.

The FDA does not approve HCG for over-the-counter use. Patients who order injections online might be getting products that don’t contain HCG at all. If they come from anyone other than a licensed physician, patients risk injecting themselves with an unknown substance.

Benefits of HCG Injections

The HCG diet has been revised from the original Simeons Protocol. Physicians currently tailor dietary guidelines based on patient age, gender and medical history. Here’s how they say HCG injections work for weight loss.

  • According to patients, HCG in the bloodstream reduces appetite and prevents feelings of hunger. Just like many women experience reduced appetite in the early months of pregnancy, patients notice a diminished need to eat.
  • HCG injections may make up for hormone imbalances and deficiency that caused weight gain in the first place.
  • HCG injections raise blood levels of this weight loss hormone. Sprays, drops and pills are less effective, so they may not deliver the same results.
  • Injections elevate hormones to keep patients from losing muscle fiber. Weight lost is pure fat.

To find out if HCG injections are right for you, talk to a physician who specializes in helping patients lose weight and create healthy lifestyle habits. Dr. Mark Neumann can evaluate your health history and weight loss goals to see if you’re a good candidate. Contact MSN Healthcare to schedule a consultation today.