HGH, medically known as Human Growth Hormone, may provide specific medical and physical benefits to certain individuals. However, such hormones must be used with caution and can produce significant health risks if not administered properly. The following brief piece examines what you need to know about this substance, as well as HGH’s advanced side effects.
What Are HGH’s Benefits?
Human Growth Hormone is an accepted medical treatment for certain medical conditions impacting both young people and adults. In children, HGH injections are often prescribed by doctors as a form of Hormone Replacement Therapy, referred to by the medical community as HRT to correct physical development problems precipitated by their bodies failure to produce growth hormones. These hormonal deficiencies are often elicited by a variety of congenital and/or glandular defects.
In the adult, physicians sometimes write prescriptions of HGH to remedy health maladies such as kidney disease, short bowel syndrome (a disease impacting the digestive tract following removal and/or damage to the intestines that causes the body to experience difficulty absorbing key nutrients), pituitary gland tumors and in preventing and/or curtailing the rapid loss of muscle often seen in people with AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
HGH also helps the body build and strengthen muscles and bones, in addition to shaping its composition. Ergo, both male and female individuals use this substance as a means of body sculpting in the hopes of gaining a more appealing physique and youthful appearance. Though some people have met with a certain degree of success in this endeavor, it is important to note such behavior comes with certain risks, some of which can be quite dangerous.
What Are The Risks?
HGH can produce several bothersome, but manageable side effects such as:
- Joint and muscle pain.
- Swelling of bodily tissues, particularly those surrounding the arms and legs.
- Gynecomastia (an enlargement of breast tissue in men).
- Skin lesions.
- The retention of water and other bodily fluids.
That said, excessive and/or unsupervised administration of HGH can result in far greater health manifestations including:
Acromegaly (an abnormal growth of bone, which can cause physical deformities).
- Insulin resistant diabetes.
- Unexplained bleeding.
- Increased cranial pressure.
- Enlargement of internal organs.
- Inflammation of internal organs.
- An increased risk of developing more aggressive forms of cancer.
Synthetic forms of HGH can be found in small doses as an ingredient in certain nutritional and/or supplemental preparations that are often available for purchase at well-known pharmacy chains. However, HGH injections are typically only available through a prescription and administered under the supervision of a certified doctor.
Most medical professionals opine that you should consult with your physician and receive a thorough medical examination prior to beginning a therapeutic regiment of HGH. Such advice is especially important if you are stricken with any health problems are possess any risk factors that could exacerbate potential side effects of such treatment.