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Survey Finds Significant Increase in HGH Use Among Teens

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Abnormal bone growth, heart failure, increased risk of diabetes... These are just a few of the many negative effects Human Growth Hormone can have on your health. But that hasn't stopped teenagers from experimenting with the stuff at an alarming rate.

In 2013, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids conducted a survey of over 3,000 teens. They released the alarming results Wednesday.

The survey found that 11 percent of teenagers admitted to trying HGH. That number is up from 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys.

Physician David Renz says one of the biggest concerns when it comes to teenage HGH use is that it's most often used in conjunction with anabolic steroids. Another concern, he says, is the risk of ingesting or injecting unknown substances.

"Where you're going to get your HGH, if you order it online or over the internet or an illicit source and they're giving you a pill...it's probably not HGH that you're actually getting."

Members of the Gaston Braves baseball team say the stuff is easy to get if you want it. Some of them said they know athletes who have used HGH, but they say they wouldn't try it themselves.

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