How Safe Is HGH?
Guest Post by Tyrion Smith
The positive effects of HGH are no secret for many people. However, some of us are still wondering how safe HGH usage can actually be for the body and health. The following post has all the answers to the questions you may have about the potential dangers of HGH.
Side Effects of HGH
The most commonly known side effects of HGH can be divided into four categories:
- Salt and water retention related problems
- Edema – This is the most common side effect and is characterized by fluid retention, which leads to soft tissue swelling. The occurrence of edema is observed to be dosage dependent, so higher doses of HGH will cause greater edema.
- Hypertension – High blood pressure
- Nerve and joint pain
- Pain in the joints – Another common side effect, joint pain is usually experienced in the elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – This is caused by putting too much pressure on the median nerve that controls movement and sensation in the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, weakness, muscular damage in the hands and fingers.
- Benign tissue growth
- Gynecomastia – This is a less common side effect of using HGH. It is enlargement of the breast tissue in males, which leads to abnormal fat deposits under the nipples.
- Metabolic dysfunction
- Dysfunctional glucose tolerance – With time, this side effect can cause diabetes because the use of HGH could trigger hyperinsulinemia – an increase in insulin levels in the blood and this leads to insulin resistance.
However, the side effects of HGH can be avoided by taking certain precautions. These precautions can be useful to avoid the common side effects of HGH, but if the severity increases, consult a doctor.
Is HGH Safe?
While many people use HGH for its numerous benefits, there are some safety concerns aside from its side effects that make
people hesitant to use it, including:
• The long-term efficacy of HGH is still unknown, as it has yet to be studied in depth. Studies available on HGH are all limited in their duration (usually spanning over the course of 6 months) and participation (HGH studies do not enlist a large sample of participants). This means its safety, in the long run, is questionable and results of HGH research is not very generalizable to the rest of the population.
• The exact link between HGH and cancer remains unknown. The main concern is that HGH induces tissue growth and the potential connection between HGH and cancer makes the hormone unsafe in its synthetic form. Although no evidence exists of this connection and the Pfizer international database shows that the risk of cancer is no higher than normal for people using HGH, the connection remains unknown.
• Proper guidelines for diagnosing HGH deficiency, administering and monitoring doses are still non-existent. This is again due to lack of research, and seeing the risks involved, more studies need to be conducted on the synthetic substance to gain considerable knowledge about its effects and the potential risks it presents.
Once we get more knowledge on the subject, substance-use guidelines can be created to ensure the safety of users and minimal damage from its side effects. However, HGH is safe if you use it in controlled doses. HGH users should not get carried away with the benefits of the substance and must consult medical professionals.
Studies on the Effects of HGH and HGH Deficiency
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was found that when synthetic HGH was administered to 24 adults suffering from HGH deficiency, their deficiency was reversed and their psychological and metabolic abnormalities associated with it were cured. Major changes in the participants’ body compositions were also seen including fat reduction, increased muscle mass and normalized lean body mass after taking low doses over the course of 6 months.
Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when HGH was administered on a group of men between the ages of 61 and 80 years, the master hormone played a significant role in promoting health and wellbeing. Conducted over a period of 6 months, a 9 percent increase in lean muscle mass was observed and an estimated 14.4% reduction of adipose tissue mass was also reported. The study also found a 1.6% increase in lumbar bone density and a 7.1% increase in the thickness of the skin.
In another study distributed by the International Journal of Endocrinology, 14 healthy men between the ages of 50 and 70 years were administered HGH to see its effect on muscle strength. Six months after the administration began, it was found that the leg press responsiveness of the participants had improved, indicating increased muscular strength.
In a double-blind study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, men between the ages of 48 and 66 years were administered recombinant HGH to study its effects on abdominal obesity. It was found that HGH helped reduce visceral and abdominal fat and also decreased diastolic blood pressure and increased insulin sensitivity.
According to research published in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, HGH deficiencies can lead to cardiovascular, neuromuscular, metabolic and skeletal issues. It was also linked to earlier death. The study also stated that adults with structural hypothalamic or pituitary disease, other pituitary hormone deficiencies or have gone through surgery or irradiation of the hypothalamus are prone to suffer from HGH deficiency and should be tested.
Although research on HGH shows many promising effects of the anabolic substance, there is still a long way to go until HGH can be completely understood.