HCG Diet Dangers
There is an enormous amount of information available online about hCG and its use for weight loss. Depending on which website you are visiting, hCG can appear as a dangerous, much maligned substance or a completely safe golden ticket to fast weight loss. While you should always work closely with a doctor anytime you are prescribed a medication, some of the potential risks surrounding an hCG weight loss program can be cleared up rather simply.*
First, it is very important you know the source, purity, and strength of the hCG. Much of the hCG available online is NOT from FDA approved pharmacies here in the United States. Some is not from human sources or is only homeopathic in strength.
Next, is essential that the diet coupled with taking the hCG is safe. Most hCG diet programs use an extremely low caloric intake (500 calories per day), which is not safe and can be dangerous if not properly monitored. While losing weight is an important goal, it is critical that the weight lost is FAT and not lean body mass, such as muscle.
Finally, there are some health conditions or medications that may cause problems on an hCG weight loss program and it is very important that you work closely with an experienced doctor who can help you lose weight as safely as possible.
If you are considering the HCG diet, you probably want to educate yourself as much as possible before “taking the plunge.” You should know how it works, where it comes from and how it is made. Above all, you should assure yourself that homeopathic HCG is safe and reliable. HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is produced by pregnant women. According to research by Dr. A. Simeon, who pioneered investigations into HCG back in the 1950s, its function during gestation is to protect the developing fetus should the mother wind up suffering from malnutrition. This water-based hormone prevents the mother’s body from robbing nutrients from the baby in such a situation. Homeopathic HCG is extracted from the urine of pregnant women. Urine itself is sterile (historically, it has been used as a disinfectant), and the manufacturing process is overseen domestically by the Food and Drug Administration under guidelines specified under the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS).
When asking about the hcg diet side effects, many think that the HCG diet plan is just one of those fad diets and may have a drastic impact on their bodies when the reality is that it will burn fat without harmful side effects. While the Atkins and South Beach diets tend to leave you tired and sluggish throughout the day and the Jenny Craig diet requires customers to consume large quantities of water, there are few if any at all HCG weight loss side effects to speak of, and most of which have been very patient specific.
To understand why anyone doing the HCG diet for weight loss will not likely have health concerns, it is necessary to understand how the diet itself functions.
The fat loss diet only changes the metabolism of your body by turning the fat normally accumulating into energy used to power growth of muscles.
The only concern over HCG protocol side effects may be the use of the needles required for the injections themselves. It is extremely important that no users allow their injections to become unsterilized or else the capacity for bodily harm may be severe. A needle that is not clean and free of microbes can pass infection, while people sharing needles can pass along diseases.
All dieters should clean the injection site on their skin both before and after using the hormone, but so long as they keep the area clean there should be no concerns about health.
Some customers do report some mild oral HCG side effects if they choose to skip the needle injections. Some of this is the body’s psychological reaction to medicine, such as headaches or high blood pressure, and will pass in a matter of days. There is no connection to the HCG injection creating any long term effects. Indeed, the only effect other than weight loss that has shown up occasionally is a lowered sex drive in women.
What it is: HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone produced during pregnancy by the cells that form the placenta. This hormone is detected in the blood around 11 days after conception; it is detected in the urine around 12-14 days after conception. While it is most commonly associated with pregnancy, it is present in both genders.
The weight loss claim: The HCG diet (using daily hcg injections) will help you lose ½-1 pounds per day. The HCG-diet combines the daily injections with a ketogenic diet.
Negative side effects: The common side effects include headaches, mood swings, depression, blood clots, confusion, and dizziness. Some women also develop a condition called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS); symptoms of this include pelvic pain, swelling of the hands and legs, stomach pain, weight gain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting/nausea, and/or urinating less than normal. HCG is given as an injection under the skin or into a muscle. If you use HCG at home, your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will give you specific instructions on how and where to inject this medicine. Do not self-inject HCG if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Before using HCG
You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to HCG, or if you have:
early puberty (also called precocious puberty); or
a hormone-related cancer (such as prostate cancer).
Before receiving HCG tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs or if you have:
a thyroid or adrenal gland disorder;
an ovarian cyst;
cancer or a tumor of the breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, hypothalamus, or pituitary gland;
undiagnosed uterine bleeding;
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use HCG.
How should I use HCG?
Use HCG exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
HCG is given as an injection under the skin or into a muscle. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to inject your medicine at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
To be sure HCG is helping your condition, your doctor will need to check you on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or the liquid has any particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription. Store unmixed HCG at room temperature away from light, moisture, and heat. After mixing the HCG, you must keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready for your injection. Throw away any mixed medicine that you have not used within 30 days after mixing.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of HCG.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of HCG is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
What should I avoid while using HCG?
Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using HCG.
What other drugs will affect HCG?
There may be other drugs that can interact with HCG. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about HCG.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use HCG only for the indication prescribed.