The desire to look and feel better urges some people to resort to applying human growth hormone (HGH). However, medical professionals state that this substance is not only useless but can also cause harm to one’s health.
The natural hormone is a pituitary gland product vitally important for adolescents and children as it induces cell growth, regulates the composition of the body, its fluid content, the development of muscles and bones, fat and sugar metabolic processes and, according to some research, heart functioning. The synthetic counterpart of this hormone has included into a range of medicines both prescription and over the counter ones.
Features of the hormone
Being a protein-based hormone HGH interacts with a receptor located on the cell surface thus making a building up effect on the body tissue.
Alongside the accelerated height which is considered the most common result of HGH activity, it produces some other effects among which are the following:
- increasing retention of calcium in the body and improving the bone mineralization;
- increasing the mass of muscles via sarcomere hypertrophy;
- promoting lipolysis [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3031774/];
- enhancing synthesis of protein;
- inducing internal organs’ growth (brain is not affected);
- taking part in homeostasis;
- reducing uptake of glucose by the liver;
- promoting the gluconeogenesis in the liver;
- contributing to maintaining pancreatic islets and their functioning;
- stimulating functioning of the immune system.
Officially approved application of HGH
In 1985 the synthetically developed human growth hormone (HGH) obtained FDA approval and was introduced to the pharmaceutical market for treating adults and children. In children treatment practice HGH in the form of injections is recommended for dealing with short stature of unknown etymology and for handling slow growth caused by such factors as:
- a disorder of genetic origin affecting girls’ development, which is called Turner’s syndrome;
- a rare genetic disorder, Prader-Willi syndrome, leading to decreased sex hormones level, permanent hunger feeling, and low tone of muscles;
- kidney disease of chronic nature;
- insufficiency or deficiency of HGH in the human body;
- infants small as for gestational age;
HGH is officially approved for curing such adults’ disorders as:
- small intestine size caused by a serious intestinal disease or surgery due to which nutrients cannot be absorbed properly;
- deficiency of HGH caused by the pituitary tumor or its treatment;
- waste of muscle mass because of HIV or AIDS disease.
HGH for sale is available by prescription.
Not officially approved HGH uses
Apart from officially accepted uses, there is a number of those which are popular with people without being approved by FDA. Some athletes resort to applying HGH injections with the intention to enhance their sports performance and increase muscle mass. However, according to medical experts, the drug’s action in this respect has not been studied yet.
According to some life expectancy professionals, HGH substance can slow down aging processes in the body. However, this alleged statement is groundless, as the anti-aging effect of HGH has not been substantiated.
In spite of the above-mentioned facts, some doctors keep prescribing their patients HGH for curing health disorders not officially stated in the drug instruction.