In the healthcare community, the HGH or Human Growth Hormone, also known as Somatotropin or Somatropin has brought about lots of debate. For those who don’t know much about the HGH hormone, it is secreted by the pituitary gland to control and promote the growth of children, and in adults, it has been reputed to provide anti-aging effects.
When people get past the age of 35, the production of the HGH hormone starts to decrease. This reduction of the body HGH levels is linked with the onset of several aging problems which include:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Loss of sex drive and libido
- Formation of skin sagging and wrinkles
- Lower energy levels
- Weight loss and accumulation of fat
- Muscle mass and bone density loss
HGH Supplements vs. HGH Injections
When it comes to HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), there are two ways in which doctors are going to increase your HGH levels. One way involves the use of HGH supplements called HGH releasers. These HGH releasers contain ingredients that stimulate the pituitary gland to increase the production of the Human Growth Hormones. This will, in turn, increase the HGH concentration in the blood.
While the effects of this treatment can take six months, there are no significant risks associated with HGH supplements. Although the FDA has not approved these supplements as aging treatments, there has been an enormous improvement in the quality of life when they are taken regularly and in long-term.
On the other hand, synthetic injections of Human Growth Hormone are available only as prescriptions, and they are very effective are fighting the aging process.
People need to be alert to the potential side effects of HGH.
Firstly, HGH injections are costly; a normal dosage for one month can cost up to $1,000 which is pricey for the average patient, not to mention the ethical and legal considerations. To get the HGH injection, you can only access it when you have a doctor’s prescription that is approved for a particular set of disorders that are related to the HGH. Aging is not considered as a disorder by the FDA. The FDA hasn’t approved it as an anti-aging drug.
Athletic associations have banned the use of synthetic HGH. Athletes are now being tested for the presence of HGH in their bodies when they go to sporting events. The highest risk comes from the side effects of using the synthetic HGH. While most people use HGH injections for years without complications, it has been documented that there is a risk in the use of this drug. The side effects that are being warned about include:
- Growth-related problems
- Joints and muscle pain and stiffness
- Water retention
There are people who have reported that the HGH injections that received restarted bone growth in their bodies which caused painful deformities in their bodies. The most common side effect is Acromegaly that causes the enlargement of the brow ridges, legs, hands and the jawbone. This bone enlargement can easily reduce the life expectancy of an individual. Let us look at other side effects of HGH therapy.
Rare side effects of HGH
- HGH might increase the growth rate of cancer that could take years to grow, which can lead to shortening the life expectancy of someone.
- High HGH levels can easily cause Gynecomastia (breast growth in the male gender and not that much in females)
- Mole growth on the skin
- The growth of organs in the body which leads to what is commonly referred to as the HGH gut
- An increase in cranial pressure
- Sleeping disorders
- Changes in the structure of the bones
- Inflamed or enlarged organs like the pancreas
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
There are ongoing studies that link the development of cancer in adults and the increase of HGH levels in the body. Since HGH injections encourage cellular regeneration and cellular grown, raising the levels of HGH can encourage cancerous tumors to form because cancer is ideally uncontrolled cellular growth.
When you head for a consultation at the clinic, you will be approved as a good candidate for HGH treatment. But individuals who are not good candidates exhibit the following conditions:
- Any cancer type
- Any diabetes type
- Organ diseases (kidney, liver and pancreatic diseases)
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid gland issues
- Limb and joint disorders
As the use of HGH injection therapy grows, the potential side effects need to be carefully assessed.