Human Growth Hormone (hGH) is a naturally occurring substance in the body, but it is also available in synthetic form. Is it safe? Find everything about hGH in this post.
What is hGH?
Human Growth Hormone or hGH is a small protein that is naturally produced by the pituitary gland and secreted into the bloodstream. The hormone is responsible for the growth and development of the bones and muscles. Its production is controlled by other hormones that are produced in the hypothalamus, the intestinal tract, and pancreas.
The growth hormone is produced at night than during the day, the time when you are sleeping. The production of GH increases during childhood days and it peaks during puberty age. However, its production decreases by the time you reach middle age and onward.
What happens when you have reduced production of GH during adulthood?
In children, the low production of GH could impact their growth and development. However, the decrease production of growth hormone in adults will result in:
- Poor bone density
- Reduced muscle mass
- Poor memory
- Easy fatigue
- Increase in body fat, especially around the waist.
Human Growth Hormone Therapy is one of the most recommended substitutes for the naturally produced GH. It mimics the functions or the behavior of the natural GH in the body.
Uses and benefits
Other than treating poor growth in both children and adults, the synthetic hGH is also used to treat health conditions in adults, including short bowel syndrome and muscle loss due to AIDS or HIV.
The injectable hGH has the following benefits, concerning GH deficiency:
- Improve bone density
- Reduce body fat
- Build muscle mass
- Boost endurance during workout
Can you use synthetic hGH for other health purposes other than as a substitute for natural hGH?
Several patients who underwent hGH therapy had claimed that the synthetic hGH helps boost athletic abilities, muscle mass, and athletic performances. Also, some people have claimed that hGH has anti-aging effects and helps naturally increase the testosterone level. However, these benefits have not been scientifically proven and approved.
For now, the only approved use of the synthetic hGH is to act as a substitute for natural hGH and treat the short for human growth hormone on both children and adults.
What would happen to adults if the low production of hGH is not addressed?
One of the most common reasons for having low levels of hGH in adults is due to a damaged pituitary gland (temporary or permanent). And if left unaddressed, the lack of hGH can cause several health problems including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Increasing fat mass, especially around the waist.
- Increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.
- Weak muscles and bones
- Lack of concentration and focus
- Other conditions
Where can you undergo hGH therapy?
In a normal setup, you need to consult your doctor about undergoing hGH therapy. Your doctor will need to examine your overall health, medical history, your tolerance to the treatment, and more before prescribing hGH therapy.
The hGH therapy can also be acquired through medically certified websites with resident doctors. Similar to a normal setup, these doctors will need to examine your overall health and medical history and analyze if hGH therapy is safe for you to use.
The injectable hGH can be self-administered or given by the doctor. The treatment would take several years, depending on the severity of the condition. Also, the dose will be calculated according to the patient’s condition, age, and weight.
If you think you need to undergo such therapy, you need to consult your doctor. Do not consider using and buying injectable hGH without the doctor’s recommendation or prescription.