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Side Effects of Anti Aging Drugs and Supplements

Updated on September 2, 2010

In this world of stress, depression, and increased work demands, premature aging has become a big problem. Due to inactive lifestyle, eating at irregular intervals, dietary deficiency due to not consuming a balanced diet, and increased responsibilities at home and workplace, people are getting older earlier than their age and are losing charm and attraction of their face and body up to and including premature graying of hair, low libido, constant lethargy, etc. Due to this reason, people around the world have been extensively searching for some strong product to combat against aging and make them active and young as they were some years before and live longer. This search for anti-aging products has led to a big boom in genetic engineering and biotechnology market. After a lot of research and understanding of aging process in humans including psychological, physical, and social process, researchers and scientists have come up with anti-aging drugs or medications for longevity. It is believed that regular consumption of these anti-aging medications can add 20 to 30 years to the lifespan to an individual’s life. Some advanced anti-aging drugs are also made for treatment of age-related mental and physical deterioration. Some doctors have also developed anti-aging supplements like human growth hormones to reverse aging, which work the same like bodybuilding supplements and are aimed to mask the aging process. Also, there is a lot of boom nowadays about different types of anti-wrinkle creams and other cosmetic anti-aging products available in the market, but do you know that all these anti-aging drugs, products, and creams mentioned carry a risk of both short-term and long-term side effects, which can be detrimental to our overall health.

Anti aging process pic
Anti aging process pic

The short-term side effects of anti aging drugs and supplements include:

  1. Insomnia.
  2. Transient hypotension.
  3. Dizziness.
  4. Nausea.
  5. High hematocrit levels.
  6. Gastrointestinal distress.

Long-term side effects of anti aging supplements and drugs include:

  1. Facial bone growth.
  2. Joint pain.
  3. Irregular heartbeat.
  4. Diabetes.
  5. Prostate cancer in men.


Side effects of human growth hormone include:

  1. Increased bone width.
  2. Enlargement of internal organs.
  3. Enlargement of jaws.
  4. Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  5. Facial and body acne.
  6. Premature baldness.
  7. Thrombolytic disorders.
  8. Kidney dysfunction.
  9. Liver tumor.
  10. Addiction of HGH.
  11. Increased cholesterol levels.
  12. Erectile dysfunction.
  13. Men can grow large breasts.
  14. Infertility.
  15. Prostatitis.

Side effects of anti aging skin creams include:

  1. Pore clogging on the skin.
  2. Allergic reactions.
  3. Recurrence of wrinkles and expression lines after stopping use.

So least but not last I would say that we must avoid using these anti-aging drugs and supplements because they have a many side effects and at the same time these drugs are expensive. We should instead use natural anti aging remedies like green tea, antioxidant rich foods, etc. Also pistachio nuts, tomatoes, and beets, and carrots work as natural alternatives for these expensive anti aging drugs. Other natural alternatives include swimming, exercise, active lifestyle, eating at regular intervals, and consuming a balanced and nutritious diet.

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Mr. Singhal and Metty for your visit and comments on this article on side effects of anti aging medications.

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      Metty 

      7 years ago

      Definitely agree with your last advice.

      The natural way is the best thing to do

      :)

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      Anik Singhal Empire Formula 

      8 years ago

      Just like the other medicines, anti aging drugs and supplements also have some side effects.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes if people turn on to natural antiaging herbs, then there will be no side effects.

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      John Davies 

      8 years ago

      I also agree with the post. There are so many anti aging supplements nowadays sold in the market. Some people use it in order to lose their weight but it is much better if they use the natural ways in losing weight. It is much safety for our health. But it all depends on the consumer.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great. You are a gem Ethel. I like you a lot.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I shall carry on then changing into an old crock :)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ocbill for agreeing with the side effects of anti aging drugs and supplements and your useful comment.

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      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I am definitely on your side with eating natural foods to prevent aging and no supplements. Beef and/or Chicken is now produced with HGH so no wonder countries see a rise of men with breasts. The hormones helps the food industry companies and helps the doctors who treat it. You know they will get laws passed w/o the public knowing.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Veronica, you are right. I agree with you completely on this. Thanks for the comment.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      This just goes to show you what some will pay for the price of beauty. I'm pretty sure there are so many natural alternatives to at least "slow down" aging. Inevitably, we will age. We really have to dig into the side effects of any treatment option we choose.

      Thanks Soni.

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