The Human Growth Hormone has been touted as the elixir of life. People – either knowingly or unknowingly – have had the HGH injected into their system to turn back the clock. Does the HGH restore youthfulness back? Is the theory that it slows down the aging process founded? This, therefore, is a quick look at the Human Growth Hormone and the key facts that you need to know about.
Whereas the body naturally produces the hormone, the market has availed an injectable synthetic version. Mainly responsible for cell regeneration and growth, the hormone is produced by the pituitary gland. The hormone is also responsible for an increase in muscle mass and bone density.
Interestingly, the hormone remains in the blood for less than five minutes after its secretion. Despite the fact that this time may appear very short, it is enough for the chemical to complete all the intended actions. With a time frame of five minutes, the liver acts on the hormone and converts certain substances into growth factors of different properties.
Women produce higher amounts of HGH than their male counterparts. The reason for this occurrence is because women require the hormone for childbearing purposes. The hormone is responsible for growth and therefore, production is at its peak during the adolescent period. However, after 20 years, the hormone production decreases considerably.
HGH was approved by the FDA for specific use in children and adults. For children, it was intended to treat conditions such as Turner syndrome, chronic kidney insufficiency, and the Prader-Willi syndrome, among other health problems. On the other hand, HGH is used to combat muscle wasting in HIV/AIDS patients, pituitary tumors, and short bowel syndrome in adults. Any other use outside medical treatment amounts to the abuse of the hormone.
The truth of the matter is that HGH can be used to enhance performance in sports. It can also be used to build muscle mass for athletes. However, such use is not FDA approved. While its long-term effects still remain unknown, the use of HGH is prevalent and more doctors are prescribing it for off-label use for purposes that are not approved. The injectable HGH is available in anti-aging clinics, websites and internet pharmacies.
In conclusion, HGH does not turn back the clock. Even though there are a few studies to show its effect on adults, it is thought that its use is not without risk. Users could experience enlargement of breasts (in men) and could even manifest diabetes and heart disease among other unknown complications.