HGH Side Effects: Is Growth Hormone Worth the Risks and Are There Safe Alternatives?

In the last few years, human growth hormone, which is simply referred to as HGH, has become increasingly popular. More and more people are talking about powerful HGH injections and their wonders. Perhaps, you are contemplating trying the injections to enjoy the benefits you have been hearing others talk about. But before you do that, you should first go through the information provided in this piece to determine if you should take such a decision or just forget about it. Most importantly find out what kinds of HGH side effects do you expose yourself to when you use HGH incorrectly.

What is HGH?

HGH Side Effects

HGH or GH is a hormone that helps to stimulate cell reproduction, regeneration, and growth. The hormone helps to control how the human body grows. Described as a type of mitogen, HGH is a single-chain polypeptide that comprises 191 amino acids. It is typically produced by the pituitary gland which can be found at the base of the brain. Growth hormone produced naturally within the human body is sometimes referred to as somatotropin, while that which is generated through the use of recombinant DNA technology goes under the generic name of somatropin and is what we mostly refer to as HGH. The natural secretion of GH in the body is determined by several factors, including sex, age, diet, and exercise.

Uses of HGH

HGH has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of a number of conditions. In children, HGH injections are recommended for the treatment of growth-related issues. It is used to tackle growth hormone deficiency and short stature which may be the result of certain medical conditions like Turner’s syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects a female child’s development, and Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that is associated with constant hunger, poor muscle tone, and low sex hormone levels. HGH is also believed to be helpful in dealing with growth issues resulting from chronic kidney disease and being born small for gestational age.

HGH injections, such as Norditropin, are also recommended for dealing with HGH deficiency in adults, although that is not a common occurrence. HGH deficiency in adults mostly occurs as a result of rare pituitary tumors or because of their treatment. The FDA has also approved the use of this hormone for treating short bowel syndrome, a disorder characterized by the inability of the body to properly absorb nutrients as a result of severe intestinal disease or removal of a sizeable portion of the small intestine. Furthermore, HGH is administered to adults for combating a muscle-wasting disease that may result from HIV/AIDS.

However, HGH is probably more popular for off-label uses because of its anti-aging benefits. It is often used by many for dealing with signs of aging – in fact, it has been used for this purpose as far back as 1990 when the results of a study confirmed its usefulness for this purpose. Some athletes also use HGH to build their muscles and boost their level of performance, which was why it has been banned by some sports bodies. Some even take things a bit further by using insulin to enhance the muscular effects of HGH, but this is quite risky as it is capable of lowering blood sugar. The hormone has also been used to treat signs of multiple sclerosis, muscle mass building, and for weight loss purposes. The use of HGH for other purposes than those for which the FDA approved it is considered illegal in the U.S.

HGH Side Effects

HGH, also known as somatropin, does come with some potentially life-threatening side effects, especially when used for off-label purposes. Let us consider some of these possible side effects – both the severe and less severe or temporary ones. The following are some of the more serious or severe side effects of HGH that will require you to check with your doctor immediately if you still can:

Fluid retention

The use of somatropin-based injections can cause water to be retained in the tissues of the body, giving rise to a swollen look.



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