The human growth hormone is vital for your health and well-being. It affects many organs and tissues in your body. In both children and adults, GH boosts protein production, it contributes to the use of fat and affects the action of insulin, and blood sugar levels.
Untreated adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) is linked with excess morbidity and mortality caused by cardiovascular disease, reduced aerobic exercise capacity, abdominal obesity, reduced lean body mass, and osteopenia. Therefore, it is important to act as soon as possible to reverse the negative effects that accompany growth hormone deficiency.
Men with GHD are more responsive to HGH therapy compared to women
There are several studies highlighting the differences between men and women with GHD in their responsiveness to hormone replacement therapy.
However, it’s not only gender that plays a role in the responsiveness of people to GH replacement therapy. Like in multiple other diseases, obesity and increased age are two factors that make the patients more vulnerable to side effects following human growth hormone therapy.
Therefore, there is a need for a doctor to evaluate the condition and special needs of the potential therapy receivers. With a proper examination side effects can be avoided.
This is something that doctors in our clinic know very well and make sure that you get the right treatment taking into account all the parameters of your health condition.
How to get Growth Hormone legally
HGH is not prescribed for cases such as endocrinologically normal, middle-aged, or elderly individuals for the purpose of delaying or reversing aging. This would be pointless, unethical, and is illegal in the USA.
Using growth hormone to increase muscle mass or reduce fat is considered abuse and is illegal
In adults, legal uses of HGH include AIDS-related wasting and growth hormone deficiency. Even though there are factors related to genes or general factors not related to our actions like the pituitary adenomas.
Also, contact sports like kickboxing, basketball, and others might cause brain injury or head trauma and lead to AGHD.
In adult men, the production of growth hormone starts to decrease and decline every 10 years by 14% and may reach up to 50% every seven years
Sometimes, in adult women, we notice Sheehan’s syndrome which is among the 6 more frequent causal factors of AGHD.
What doctor can prescribe HGH?
Only a specialized doctor can diagnose and prescribe HGH, it could be an endocrinologist or licensed physician. Any medical or paramedical specialist who says that you don’t need a diagnosis and suggests treating your deficiency with supplements or naturally is untrustworthy.
In the next lines, you will learn how doctors proceed with a legal HGH prescription to patients in our clinic.
Step 1: Physical examination
Visit the clinic for the initial physical examination and medical history taken by the physician. The clinical findings of AGHD using the physical examination are non-specific and usually do not lead to a specific diagnosis.
But it is an important step so that the clinician judges whether there is any indication to check further for any possible GH deficiency.
Step 2: Blood tests
After the physical examination and in case of suspicion for growth hormone deficiency next step is blood tests to confirm the initial hypothesis. Therefore, the blood tests are done by measuring IGF-1 and GH levels. There are several other tests used, depending on the country and the laboratory preference, considering not only the availability but also the cost.
Such tests are the GHRH plus arginine stimulation test (GHRH + ARG stimulation test) or the insulin tolerance test (ITT) and the glucagon stimulation test. Usually, when we test the growth hormone secretion after insulin-induced hypoglycemia an impaired peak of GH levels in one test is enough to diagnose adult GH deficiency. Especially when the suspicion for it is high.
In such cases, also a single IGF-1 measurement might be enough for the diagnosis. However, if the chances for adult GH deficiency are low we conduct both the GH and IGF-1 tests to make sure that we have no doubts.
Factors such as age and Body Mass Index should be considered when defining severe GH deficiency as an indication for the hormone therapy
It is always important to consider factors such as age and Body Mass Index (BMI) when we define severe GH deficiency as an indication for therapy. This is explained by the fact that the growth hormone response is decreasing by age. On the other hand, obese patients have a greater response to growth hormone therapy.
Step 3: Starting HGH treatment
The doctor evaluates your blood test results and makes the diagnosis by combining the physical examination findings and medical history. In the case of growth hormone deficiency, the doctor decides about your therapy, the exact duration and doses.
The AGHD treatment starts with lower doses, which are increased gradually until they reach the desired results. You’ll also learn from your doctor how to mix HGH and inject HGH correctly, which will allow you not to come to the doctor’s office for the injection every day. Therefore, the follow-up by a doctor during the whole duration of the therapy is crucial.
Can you get an HGH prescription online?
Since we are talking about a therapy that has an important effect on several body systems, you have to understand that getting an HGH prescription without blood tests and physical examination is malpractice and is not ethical.
However, you can get a free phone consultation with a doctor to inform you about the necessary steps to evaluate and check the existence of GHD and to get a prescription for treatment.
Some websites offer to get HGH injections online without any tests or medical examinations. In such organizations, it is better not to receive medical treatment, because what they do is illegal, and their “products” may contain hazardous substances.
What is the Cost of HGH Prescription?
HGH prescription is not a simple process of taking a piece of paper and writing down the treatment. It is a whole process that you must bear in mind. This process includes the initial doctor’s consultation and physical examination, the necessary blood tests, and the evaluation of the result of the tests.
Therefore, because laboratories, doctors, and clinics are involved in the whole process, and they are free to charge according to their will, the prices vary from clinic to clinic. The average cost of medical consultations and tests (GHRH + ARG stimulation test or ITT) is $70-100.
Our clinic chooses the most reliable doctors to take care of your growth hormone deficiency and provide evidence-based medical care. Take advantage of the quality of services that we provide and book an appointment with one of our doctors to help you treat the growth hormone deficiency, efficiently and safely.
Is HGH prescription only?
Buying HGH injections without a prescription is prohibited in the United States. In our clinic, we use only legal brands of injections according to the needs of each patient.
For our patients, we might judge that they need injection devices such as the Norditropin FlexPro pen device. These devices are known to deliver the growth hormone with minimal pain and adjustability. Injections can be stored at room temperature for 3 weeks.
Some other brands with different characteristics that belong to the category of growth hormones usually prescribed are Saizen, Humatrope, Genotropin, Zomacton.
There are plenty of products promoted as “growth hormone boosters”. They don’t need a prescription, but they are not approved by the FDA and don’t seem to work
Furthermore, studies investigating the effect of amino acid supplementation to promote growth hormone production is not very promising. In a 2017 published study, researchers investigated the effect of nutritional supplementation on HGH production in elderly women. They concluded that the intake of a mixture of amino acids had no effect on the HGH concentration.
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