Human growth hormone (HGH) injections are used for increasing the HGH levels in the body. The following HealthHearty article deals with the benefits, recommended dosage, and possible side effects of these injections.
Human Growth Hormones (HGH) are produced by the pituitary gland that is situated at the bottom of the brain. It is a protein that contains about 191 amino acids. HGH is responsible for the growth as well as health of the cells present in the body. The rate of growth hormone production is higher at the early age, and it starts decreasing as the person grows older.
As a result, a person starts suffering with several serious and visible signs of aging like wrinkles, loose skin, hair loss, loss of muscle mass, decreased libido as well as decreased mental awareness. To evade or ‘prolong’ these signs of aging, and to stimulate the growth hormone secretion in children with several problems related to pituitary gland functioning, the HGH injections are predominantly administered.
There are various benefits of these hormone injections. The growth hormones repair the body tissues and enhance muscle growth, which is why, the usage of these injections for bodybuilding is popular. The hormone injections are also useful for weight loss, which is caused due to a medical condition called AIDS wasting syndrome.
Along with the prescribed diet and exercise routine, many patients of AIDS wasting syndrome have benefited with the HGH supplements, like, pills and injections. People also take HGH shots for weight loss. Children with growth hormone deficiency or genetic disorders, like, Prader-Willi syndrome and Turner’s Syndrome, osteoporosis, etc., are given these hormone injections. Though illegal, people also use the growth hormone supplements for boosting energy and body mass.
Dosage of hormone injections and any other HGH supplements must be strictly administered, as it is prescribed by the respective health care provider. The dosage also depends on the condition for which it is used. To cure conditions, like fat metabolism and general health problems, or as an anti-aging agent, the dose of 2-3 IU might be prescribed, while for bodybuilding, 4 to 8 IU HGH may be prescribed.
Other hormones, like, insulin, testosterone, etc. are also prescribed along with HGH. It is important to note that these hormone injections should be administered only after consulting a medical professional. Once prescribed, the timing and dosage amount of the injections should be stringently followed.
Some of the possible side effects of these injections are: potassium depletion, herpes, hypoglycemia, cancer, skin thickness, hypothyroidism, acromegaly (condition that causes extra growth of bones), nerve pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, water retention, liver diseases and its failure, gynecomastia, abnormal hair growth, etc.
These side effects are caused by excessive and frequent dosage of the injections. They are also caused due to low quality HGH products that are available in the market. Therefore, one needs to be extremely careful while purchasing and administering these injections.
Even though the human growth hormone injections are USFDA approved, their suitability depends on the tolerance level of an individual. It is also important for you to consult your health care provider before considering such supplements. Take care!