The hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland responsible for human growth is called Human Growth Hormone or HGH. It is essential in muscle mass maintenance and synthesis of protein. HGH has been proven helpful to children with growth failure and to individuals with muscle wasting related to HIV/AIDS and for adults, deficiency. A clinical pediatrics professor of Indiana University School of Medicine and University of Virginia, Dr. Alan Rogol, notes that HGH supplements have anti-aging properties and enhances body built like athletes. Having these results, there is a rise of illegal use of HGH supplements. The following are top human growth hormone risks to take note of.
First Risk – Acromegaly
A disorder that results from the production of more than enough growth hormone by the anterior pituitary gland is called Acromegaly. According to Dr. Rogol, too much HGH due to high doses of HGH supplements may as well result to the same condition. The disorder Acromegaly is characterized by disfigurement. Changes in the facial and physical features of an affected individual shall be noticed.
Disfigurement shall include the enlargement of the nose and lips, hands and feet; thickening of the skin; widening or broadening of the jaw and forehead; teeth separation; and weight gain. Aside from the change in physical attributes, other results would be joint and muscle pains, swelling, body odor and serious complicating conditions like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. These changes are brought by the disorder due to abnormal growth of bones and tissues.
Second Risk – Acquired Creutzfeldt – Jakob disease
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke records that Acquired CJD or Acquired Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a “mad-cow-disease” like, fatal brain disease and it is degenerative. Before a synthetic or man-made version of Human Growth Hormone was developed in 1985, growth hormones are prepared from human corpses’ pituitary glands. Injections of such resulted to cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Growth hormones are made or created inside a laboratory instead of collecting them from people since then on and HGH has been legally obtained in the U.S. making use of a method that eradicates risks. Dr. Rogol notes that the HGH which are manufactured for illicit use are obtained from humans which make the users of it face a high risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease infection.
Third Risk – Breast Enlargement and Tumors
Wolters Kluwer Health notes that male HGH users may face the risk of tumors in the breast and gynecomastia or irregular breast enlargement. Children who use HGH supplements are not as well exempted.
These are just three of the top risks associated with the use of HGH. Other health risks include acne, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, increased blood sugar, increased cholesterol and triglycerides, increased sweating, joint disorders, leukemia, pancreatitis and worsening of preexisting spinal curvature in children.
It’s true that HGH supplements may give good results; however, health is very much at risk. So make sure that the use of HGH is a prescription of a medical specialist to be assured that every administration is monitored and if side effects occur, other medical treatments will be done immediately and appropriately.