Human growth hormone (HGH or GH) sounds like what it suggests. It’s a hormone that helps humans grow, which is largely produced in the growth stage of life, peaking at puberty, then slowly declining later in life. HGH helps build, repair and maintain brain and organ tissue, build bones, and helps with cell growth and regeneration. It’s a vital hormone produced by the pituitary gland. If a child is deficient in HGH, a doctor may prescribe synthetic hormones so they can build strong, healthy bones and organs. Growth hormone deficiency is a rare condition but must be addressed.
As we get older, the production of HGH naturally slows, but it doesn’t affect us in the same way as children. Many people are turning to human growth hormone injections for its potential anti-ageing effect or to improve performance in the gym or with sports. Here, we share all the benefits and side effects of growth hormones to help you see the full picture of its use.
What Are the Benefits of HGH for Adults?
If you have an actual growth hormone deficiency, supplementation can improve your quality of life. We can help those who are experiencing a loss of muscle mass, increased abdominal fat, poor sexual performance, lack of energy, mood swings and disturbed sleep from growth hormone deficiency.
You may have seen adverts claiming HGH is the next fountain of youth. For adults using HGH for anti-ageing, who don’t have a growth hormone deficiency, the evidence is shaky. Some studies show a host of benefits from taking HGH, but Maria Fleseriu, MD, FACE, professor of neurological surgery and professor of medicine, said that:
“Most studies do not actually support the concept that GH administration for elderly individuals, who are secreting relatively low GH, can actually improve functional performance, and furthermore, the potential for toxicity is higher among the elderly population.”
We find men, in particular, use the hormone for athletic or aesthetic reasons, since it can help improve muscle mass and reduce body fat. Some sources say synthetic HGH improves athletic performance, but the scientific evidence to prove this is lacking. HGH is also banned by many professional sports leagues and athletic associations, and this results in fewer studies on growth hormones. However, a group of researchers reviewed 44 studies on growth hormones in athletes. They found that “After receiving daily injections for an average of 20 days, the subjects who received GH increased their lean body mass (which reflects muscle mass but can also include fluid mass), by an average of 4.6 pounds.” While this is a substantial gain, the researchers couldn’t find any connection to improved performance or increased strength.
Many people are using a combination of steroids and HGH to get maximum results in the gym. You may experience increased metabolism, a gain in muscle mass and a decrease in body fat, improved mood and cognitive function. However, your mileage will vary and you may discover the side effects aren’t worth the benefits. If you do want to use performance-enhancing drugs, we are here to help without judgement. It’s much safer if you use the help of a professional to mitigate the side effects these drugs can cause.
What Are the Side Effects and Risks of Taking HGH?
Without the guidance of a doctor, taking human growth hormones can have serious and dangerous side effects. These include:
- Joint Problems
- Muscle Aches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Swelling of feet and hands
- Changes in blood sugar insulin
- High blood pressure
- Liver Damage
If you are taking growth hormones and experience any of the above symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately. There are no studies on the effects of long-term use of growth hormones, so please be careful and seek the guidance of a doctor.
Do you think you have a growth hormone deficiency, or are you considering using hormones as a way to enhance your performance in the gym? Book a free, no-obligation consultation with our men’s health experts so we can help you through the process.