Hcg: Obesity And More
While its popularity grows, people are often surprised to learn that when it comes to HCG, obesity treatment is only one way in which this hormone is used by doctors. From conception to old age, HCG plays a variety of roles in preserving and monitoring human health.
HCG, or "Human Chorionic Gonadotropin" is essentially a form of protein made up of strings of amino acids. Like other hormones, it regulates certain bodily functions.
The role of HCG begins almost as soon as life begins to develop in the womb. The fetus excretes this hormone. Its main function is to create a stable, viable environment in which the fetus can gestate. In addition to the regulation of various metabolic processes, HCG does two things to protect the fetus:
1)Â Â Â in the even the mother is undernourished, it prevents the mother's system from robbing nutrients from the fetus
2)Â Â Â it suppresses the mother's immune system, preventing her antibodies from attacking the fetus should the father's DNA be mistaken for a pathogen
As you might imagine, this HCG is also present in the mother, and is passed through her urine. Early pregnancy tests that are easily available in pharmacies are designed to detect HCG in the urine.
The HCG Diet
The way in which the HCG diet works as a weight loss treatment is fairly well known, but is worth revisiting. Simply put, HCG re-regulates the pituitary gland, which is the part of the brain that controls metabolism. On a reduced-calorie diet, the pituitary gland on HCG will start feeding off excess body fat (adipose) instead of muscle and structural fat (such as viscera).
HCG also makes adipose more accessible by breaking it down into a form that the body can use immediately. This is how people on the HCG diet are able to drop pounds quickly.
HCG is mainly a fertility treatment. It has been proven to increase egg production in women and raise testosterone levels in men. Couples who have not had success in conceiving a child are given HCG injections at fertility clinics for this reason.
Recently, oncology researchers have noted that tumors excrete minute amounts of HCG. Cancer can be very difficult to diagnose. If HCG is in fact a marker for cancer, it can become a very important tool for pathologists in detecting tumors in their earliest stages when they are most treatable, thereby saving tens of thousands of lives every year.