Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Pursuit of HGH

What is HGH and Why We do we Use it?

                Human Growth Hormones (HGH), according to WebMD (2014) is a synthetic human growth hormone, developed in 1985 and approved by the FDA for specific uses.  HGH is “produced by the pituitary gland, spurs growth in children and adolescents. It also helps to regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and possibly heart function.”  We start losing the HGH in our bodies little by little as we get older.  Young people are laden with HGH, that’s what makes them so active, resilient, and eat until the cows come home, without gaining an ounce of weight.  Not so for those of us thirty years old and beyond.   When adults develop human growth deficiency, they can begin a regimen of injecting human growth hormone in their bodies, a therapy that helps with bone density and increase exercise capacity.
                HGH, is the most active hormone in the human body.  Once it starts to dwindle in the body, so do we.  Those who are not willing to grow gracefully and naturally tend to fight the aging process, and as soon as a fad appears that promises the fountain of youth, it’s all we think about, everything we do orbits around the way we appear to the world.  Apparently, the deficiency of the human growth hormone in our body is not as common as we make it out to be.  In fact, it’s very “rare”, based on an article from the Mayo Clinic.   The theory is that increased levels of HGH can:
  •  Turn back time and promise a better sex drive
  • Fitter body
  •  Improved mood
  • Radiant skin, and tons of energy to do whatever
Those who have used HGH swears by its rejuvenating effects, however, research about this supplement is practically non-existent.  Which begs the question, “How effective can it be?”.  After all, aren’t we all after the Fountain of Youth?  If it truly worked, shouldn’t the world be looking rather youthful and full of energy!

How is it Suppose to Work?

                According to an article by Alana Nunez of Shape, “Doctors have been using HGH for years in children who suffer from abnormal growth problems, and is sometimes used to regulate blood sugar in diabetics”.  Once in a while we would hear about athletes getting suspended for the use of HGH injections, in order to enhance their performance on the field. Even celebrities have been known to dabble in the supplement.  HGH, can be prescribed by a doctor, if it is proven that the patient can benefit from its use, that’s apparently the only instance when it is legal to inject, otherwise, it’s illegal to distribute HGH for any reasons other than medical use.  But, HGH supplements can be purchased over the counter, in a manner of speaking, without prescription, because the ingredients are mostly synthetic version of hormones.   Which leads me to ask the question, “How potent is it if the ingredients are synthetic?”

                About a decade ago, I did try HGH, a couple of times.  My first ordered was from an online source, it came in a brown 2-ounce bottle with a suction syringe that I used to place the water-tasting liquid supplement under my tongue.  It did nothing for me, as I recall.  Mind you I was in my thirties, so I don’t know if that may have been a deal breaker.  My second round of trial was also from an online source, same 2 ounce bottle, and this time, it was a spray.  Once again, nothing happened.  My high blood pressure did not subside, my weight did not drop, my lack of energy never changed, my skin did not become firm in any way, and my brain activity did not enhance, nothing changed in other words.   People who have used prescribed HGH has said that, after using the supplement, they felt good physically and mentally.  One user claimed that her “skin tone got better, her eyes got brighter, hearing got better, and she could keep up with people who were a lot younger than she was.”  

Beneficial Claims and Side Effects

                Because the body's HGH levels naturally decrease with age, some so-called anti-aging experts have speculated and claimed that HGH products could reverse age-related bodily deterioration. But these claims, too, are unproven. The use of HGH for anti-aging is not FDA-approved.
Nevertheless, some people obtain injectable HGH from doctors who prescribe it for off-label purposes (uses for which it was not approved by the FDA) and through Internet pharmacies, anti-aging clinics, and web sites.
                Some people acquire HGH products to increase their body's own production of HGH in the form of pills and sprays. Companies that market these products on TV infomercials or online, claim that they turn back your body's biological clock by:
·         Reducing fat
·         Building muscles
·         Restoring hair growth and color
·         Strengthening the immune system
·         Normalizing blood sugar
·         Increasing energy and improving sex life
·         Improving sleep quality, vision, and memory
However, the Federal Trade Commission has yet to see reliable evidence to support the claim that these products have the same effects as prescription HGH, which is always given by injection. Taken orally, HGH is digested by the stomach before it can be absorbed into the body.  It is possible that prescription HGH is more effective than the synthetic HGH, so the next time I decide to try using HGH again, I will be talking to my physician for sure.
                Besides its benefits, HGH has possible side effects that may be hazardous to the body. Some of these side effects include:
·         Nerve, muscle or joint pain
·         Swelling due to fluid in the body’s tissues
·         Carpal tunnel syndrome
·         Numbness and tingling of the skin
·         High cholesterol

 According to WebMD, “if a person gets the HGH drug illegally, without prescription, it’s hard to tell whether or not he or she is getting the actual drug, that provides the supplements their body needs or that they expected to get.”  There’s always a high possibility that they’re getting something illicit and a drug that is unapproved by a doctor or the FDA.   The advice given by doctors, is that, you should speak to your doctor before starting a HGH therapy. 


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