If you could take a simple injection every day to look younger, feel more energetic, strengthen your body and spice up your sex life, would you? That’s the controversial question raised by human growth hormone, which has been dubbed the new fountain of youth.
Celebrities (of course) started the craze with ThighMaster queen, Suzanne Somers, calling it “sex in a capsule”, Nick Nolte referring to it as a “systems repair” for the body and even Sylvester Stallone using it to bulk up for Rambo IV. And although it’s banned in professional sports, there have been plenty of athletes accused of taking this performance-enhancing drug.
Is this injection the new Botox? Probably not, but users do say it has similar youth-enhancing effects, like better skin. It also claims to provide sounder sleep, increased muscle mass, bone strengthening and a new-found source of energy reminiscent of our younger years. One study from the New England Journal of Medicine even found these hormones capable of reducing body fat by more than 14%. But all of this doesn’t come risk-free. The hormones have been linked to diabetes, organ damage, breathing problems, hypertension and in some cases, cancer.
So, the question is: Would you try it? Would you trade the possible side effects for a return to your glory days? After all, that’s essentially what these injections are doing–putting hormones back in your body that were naturally supplied when you were younger.
It’s an interesting question. Just yesterday I was having a conversation with someone about the movie Limitless in which Bradley Cooper takes a pill that makes him the best possible version of himself–someone who is extremely smart, energized and lives up to his every potential. To my friend’s surprise, I said I would totally take this pill–for a day. Same thing with these hormone injections. If I had an opportunity to return to my younger self, I would try it, assuming I wasn’t at a great risk for some of the complications. For me, it’s not so much about looking younger, it’s doing whatever I can to feel younger, have more energy and make it through a day without a cup of coffee. Or a nap. Or both.