Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Human growth hormone (hGH) is a naturally-occurring hormone that is secreted by the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain. hGH is plentiful in the human body when we are young but declines rapidly after age 30. hGH is responsible for normal body growth and development by stimulating protein production in muscle cells and energy release from the breakdown of fats.

hGH deficiency causes different symptoms at various ages. Deficiency of growth hormone prior to puberty results in dwarfism. In adults the effects of deficiency are more subtle, and may include decreased strength, energy, bone mass, and increased cardiovascular risk. hGH deficiency can also involve weight gain, increased fat and reduced lean body mass. In one recent study, total body fat was shown to be increased by 7% in this population while lean body mass was decreased to a similar degree.

 Research indicates that replacing decreased hGH may reverse symptoms of the aging process and restore a more youthful body and fitness. All major hGH supplementation studies have documented improved body composition and function with consistent improvement in muscle/fat ratio. Fat decreases 10% – 20% and muscle mass typically increases by 10%. Increased fat breakdown results in lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Other effects of hGH supplementation are higher capacity exercise, increased bone density, muscle mass, strength, cardiac output along with rejuvenation of skin. Many also experience immune system improvements that account for growth hormone’s anti-cancer and longevity properties. In August 1996, the FDA approved HGH for use in adult patients. Before this, it was authorized only for use to promote growth in HGH-deficient children.

hGH treatment risks are quite rare when the hormone is given in replacement doses to deficient patients.  Most common side effects are low blood sugar level and inadequate thyroid function. Supplemental hGH should not be used with patients with any active malignancy.

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