The use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is thought to slow the process of aging, and this reason convinced some older people to use it without considering the negative effects.
The growth hormone (GH), which is also called somatotropin or human growth hormone (HGH), is important for a child to have normal growth. The pituitary gland, which is placed at the bottom of the brain, produces this hormone. This pea-sized gland is part of the endocrine system that is responsible for the body to work properly. The Gh level continuously increases during the childhood stage, and spikes in the puberty period wherein the growth rises. The pituitary gland then slows down in producing the growth hormone when one reaches the middle age period causing issues that are linked to aging.
This natural process has raised the curiosity to use HGH synthetically to prevent the signs of aging, like loss of muscle and bone mass. People who are starting to experience old age, but wanted to defy it turn to the use of synthetic human growth hormone.
HGH comes in many forms like pills, sprays, and injections. Pill and spray forms are more rampant in the black market (internet, online websites, online pharmacies, etc.). A medical doctor prescribes the injectable type of HGH, but there are also some illegal activities for this.
There are claims that HGH works in slowing down aging, but researches say that evidence is very limited and needs further studies to prove it.
Why human growth hormone still needed by some adults?
When the pituitary gland experiences some problems, it causes various health problems like growth hormone deficiency (GHD). The doctor will prescribe the use of synthetic growth hormones as part of the treatment process if it is the only option.
HGH is not only given to children, but also to adults who are suffering from human growth hormone deficiency (GHD).
Growth hormone deficiency can be due to the following problems:
- When the pituitary gland produces low or no growth hormone
- Congenital problems (condition present at birth)
- Acquired conditions like brain tumors, surgery, injury, or radiation to the head
There are also some instances that doctors are not able to identify the cause of GHD.
For adults who are given human growth hormone by their doctors through injections, they can:
- Increase bone thickness
- Increase muscle mass
- Lower body fat
- Increase the capacity to exercise
The treatment of adults who contracted serious diseases like AIDS or HIV wasting disorder with the human growth hormone is also accepted.
How human growth hormone can help healthy adults?
There are adults, even if they are healthy, they still take human growth hormone. Although there are some listed benefits of HGH, healthy people who use human growth hormone has limited studies that they will benefit from it. While it shows that human growth hormone can enhance muscle growth and decrease body fat, the growth in muscle does not mean a person becomes stronger. There is no clear evidence that healthy adults taking human growth hormone can have further benefit from it.
The risks of taking HGH when the body does not need it
The use of HGH can be beneficial to those who need it, but listed below are some side effects to healthy adults.
- Gynecomastia (enlargement of the breast in men)
- Edema (swelling due to fluid retention in the arms and legs)
- Nerve, joint and muscle pain
- Carpal tunnel Syndrome
- Numbness and tingling of the skin
- Increase cholesterol levels
HGH can also be a contributory factor to health problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It can also aide in the increase of some cancerous tumors.
Some researches indicate that the side effects of the use of HGH happen more to adults than younger people. The side effects of HGH use in healthy adults is not yet clear if it will disappear or worsen as the studies were done were only for the short term.
What are the different types of HGH?
As the use of HGH slowly rose, many manufacturers keep on inventing more ways on how to entice people to use it. They produce human growth hormones in pills, sprays, and injectable forms.
HGH that are prescribed by doctors are available in injectable forms and are injected under the skin. HGH in pill form is not prescribed by doctors but is widely advertised on the internet, online pharmacies, etc. as effective as the injectables.
The Bottom Line
The synthetic use of human growth hormone is indeed crucial to those who don’t have enough. For healthy adults who you want to use it to add more muscles, and middle-age individuals who want to defy aging, remember that there are side effects. The best way to become healthier, feel younger, energetic, and stronger is to have a healthy way of living. Doing exercise, cutting bad habits such as smoking and drinking will help the body perform better. Don’t miss out on adding a healthy diet for you to feel at your best.