HGH stands for Human Growth Hormone. This is a naturally occurring hormone in the human body that stimulates us to build and repair tissue. As such then it can encourage the repairing of wounds, can help to build muscle and cause it to grow, can prevent damage to the brain and skin and in young children can even promote growth (so long as their ‘growth plates’ have not closed over). This of course means that it has many therapeutic effects and as such can be used to treat a range of conditions from stunted growth in children, to HGH deficiencies, to muscle wasting conditions to premature ageing. At the same time though it is also used for many other purposes, despite being illegal in most countries and states. These include bodybuilding where it can help the competitors to build muscle and become stronger, and vanity as a means to slow down and even reverse some of the visible signs of ageing.
HGH injections then are used both legally and illegally by many groups of people. Here the HGH injected has been created synthetically rather than naturally and this means that it results in more available HGH available in the body. Taken under the supervision of a medical health expert this is relatively safe as the dosages will be compensatory so that the user has normal amounts of HGH in their system. However it is when the drug is taken without supervision that it can be damaging and cause a range of problems. Here we will look at some of the side effects of HGH when used in excess and without guidance.
Acromegaly: Acromegaly is one of the most common signs of excess HGH use. Here the facial bones and hands and feet grow out of proportion resulting slight disfigurement and this is coupled by a thick coverage of hair across the body. Specifically this normally results in the rapid growth of the nose, eyebrows and jaws – the reason for this being that these bones do not have ‘growth plates’ unlike the limbs meaning that they do not stop growing throughout our lifespan. They continue to respond to growth hormone then and a sudden surge of the hormone will cause them to grow very rapidly. This condition is expected to shorten lifespan dramatically.
Heat Enlargement: Similarly excess HGH can cause organs to become enlarged such as the heart. This is because the heart is the muscle just like the biceps and so it will respond to the hormone’s instruction to grow. This can then become dangerous and increase your chances of heart disease, heart attack or stroke all of which can of course be fatal.
Excess Water Retention: More growth hormone in the body will cause you to store more water. This can then make your skin appear thicker and mean that you look less defined as a result – which also counteracts some of the positive effects that make it popular among bodybuilders and athletes.
Liver Damage: The role of the liver is to filter anything unwanted out of the blood, and this includes any hormones that are there in quantities that are too great. This creates a lot of work for the liver and means that much like drinking excessive alcohol it can cause significant damage.
Low Blood Sugar: Excess HGH can result in low blood sugar so it is recommended that you eat an increased amount of carbohydrates if you are taking it.