Balanced HGH Supplement Information
If you have heard about the reported benefits for Human Growth Hormone (HGH), you’re probably wondering if it can really “turn back the clock” or make you more fit.The production of this hormone decreases greatly after you pass through puberty—and so do its benefits, such as higher metabolism, rapid muscle development and better sleep. Can all this be attained by taking the HGH supplement?
What is HGH?
Synthetic human growth hormone was developed in 1985 and approved by the FDA for very specific uses. In children, the injections are approved for treating short stature of unknown cause as well as failure to thrive due to a number of medical causes. In adults, approved uses include short bowel syndrome and muscle-wasting associated with HIV/AIDS.
Synthetic HGH is also now the active ingredient in a number of drugs and in other pills widely available. Some people seek supplements to look younger, lose weight, or gain muscle. While the synthetic hormone can be used safely to treat some syndromes and medical conditions, a doctor should always monitor its use, as it can be harmful.
There is no shortage of human growth hormone information from its biggest fans. Hollywood stars, famous athletes, and anti-aging doctors all agree: They look and feel better on GH therapy. They say it makes their skin smoother, their energy level higher, their sports’ performance greater, and even increases their libido.
In a recent Vanity Fair article, Dr. Uzzi Reiss, an Israeli-born practitioner of gynecology and anti-aging medicine who is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and runs the Beverly Hills Anti-aging Center for Men and Women & Advanced Nutrition and Hormone-Based Gynecology, said “I see it in myself. I have been taking H.G.H. for many years. I have the energy and vibrancy of a man half my age. Ask anyone. I don’t get sick, don’t get jet-lagged. I can’t see why anybody would inject H.G.H. if it does not have benefits.”
But the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists cautions against this type of widespread use in adults, as they outlined in their 2009 clinical practice guidelines: “Despite the growing body of evidence on the benefits, there is still considerable variability in the United States in the clinical practice of replacement for adults with growth hormone deficiency. This variability is multi-factorial, partly due to the high cost of therapy, the need for daily injections, the lack of awareness regarding its indications, diagnosis, and long-term surveillance, and concerns about whether there are long-term risks involved.”
The FDA has not approved the most common uses for synthetic HGH. Even though some people use the hormone, along with other performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, to increase strength and improve athletic performance, the effect on athletic performance is unknown. Some people obtain the injection from doctors who prescribe it for off-label purposes (uses for which it was not approved by the FDA) and through Internet pharmacies, clinics, and websites.
Others purchase supplements designed to increase the body’s own production of the hormone in the form of pills and sprays. Companies that market these products say they turn back your body’s biological clock, reduce fat, build muscle, restore hair thickness and color, strengthen the immune system, normalize blood sugar, increase energy and improve sex life, enhanced sleep quality, vision, and memory. However, the Federal Trade Commission has seen no reliable proof of the same benefits as the prescription dose which is always injected.
Hazards and Side Effects of HGH
Before using HGH supplements, be sure to know the possible side effects, some of which can be serious. They include:
Nerve, muscle, or joint pain
Swelling and fluid in the body’s tissues (edema)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Numbness and tingling of the skin
High cholesterol levels
Increased risk of diabetes
Growth of cancerous tumors
As with any drug, it’s best to involve your doctor before using supplements. Because the FDA has not approved many of its popular uses, the concentrations, dosages and formulations of HGH supplements are not standardized and medical guidance is needed. Furthermore, if you get the drug illicitly, you may be getting a counterfeited, or possibly dangerous substitute.