What is Human Growth Hormone HGH?
HGH stands for human growth hormone, which is a naturally occurring substance that comes from the pituitary and is made of 191 amino acids. It is thought that it plays a significant role in maintaining youthful, active functioning of the body and having a healthy brain and sexual organs.
History of HGH
The first HGH treatment occurred in 1958, when Maurice Raben, an endocrinologist, gathered enough HGH from autopsied corpses to treat an HGH deficient 17 year-old. In 1981, Genentech (an American pharmaceutical) company created the first synthetic HGH and is known as Somatropin. This is the most common form of HGH.
Who uses HGH and why?
It has been known for a long time that actors use this substance to retain youthful looks and get in shape for movies. Athletes use this substance because of its ability to increase stamina and build muscle (think of the HGH baseball scandals of recent years). Body builders use this substance usually in conjunction with anabolic steroids. Older people are beginning to use it for its supposed effects in retaining youth. Young people who are HGH deficient use it to combat stunted growth.
HGH is a commonly used substance for those trying to build large masses of muscle and improve their appearances, but as we know it has some unexpected consequences. HGH has been shown to:
- Increase sex drive
- Improve physical and mental well being
- Improve sleep
- Improve mood and reduce depression and fatigue
- Increase lean muscle
- Decrease fat
- Improve skin look and feel
- Increase the density of bones and fight osteoporosis
- Strengthen the brain and maintain memory even during older age
Various Forms of HGH
Human Growth Hormone can be taken in many different forms.Various Forms of HGH Include:
- Injectable, the only provably effective form
- Pills (which are thought to be ineffective)
- Spray (not proven to be effective)
Side Effects and Withdrawl Symptoms of HGH
There are various kinds of side effects that come with taking HGH. They can range from mild to severe.Common Side Effects of HGH Include:
Withdrawal symptoms related to HGH include:
- Inflammation of legs and arms
- Severe headaches
- Hardening of arteries
- Increased blood pressure
- Hypoglycemia (blood glucose levels drop dangerously low)
- Distended belly
- Symptoms similar to carpal tunnel syndrome including joint pain
- Abnormal fat distribution
- Thyroid damage
- Excessive hair growth all over body
- Massive water retention which could lead to edema
- Itching skin
- Premature death caused by acromegaly
- Irreversible heart enlargement
- Liver damage
- Elevated cholesterol level
- increased hunger
A study done by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry found that, amongst 231 experience young male weightlifters, 27 of them reported use of HGH. Additionally, all participants in the study reported anabolic steroid usage, and 22 met criteria for current or past dependency on steroids. Fifteen reported past or current dependence on cocaine opioids and/or ecstasy. This suggests that HGH has become a form of substance abuse associated with steroid dependence and classic substance dependence.
It seems that HGH can be abused in much the same manner as drugs like cocaine and heroin, with users becoming addicted to the positive feelings they receive from its use.
Availability of HGH?
HGH is widely available online and is also a medical treatment, though it is not covered by most insurance plans. Though it is very easy to acquire, HGH is expensive, costing upwards of $10,000 a year.