Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is believed to be most effective when applied by sub-cutaneous or intramuscular injection. The over and under production of this hormone can cause serious health problems. This article provides information on the significance, cost, and reviews of this injection.
Human growth hormone (HGH)/Somatotropin, as the name suggests, is responsible for the growth and proper functioning of the body. It is secreted and controlled by the pituitary gland, which is located at the lower side of the brain. The secretion of this hormone spurs the growth in children and adults. It also helps regulate the sugar and fat metabolism, body fluids, body composition, muscle and bone growth, and possibly heart function. However, the hormone levels reduce with the advancing age, and thus the signs of aging start reflecting in a person. Synthetic somatotropin was developed in 1985 and approved by the FDA for specific uses in children and adults. These injections are prescribed for children, who are affected by pituitary dwarfism and poor growth (this condition is caused due to a number of medical reasons). While in adults, approved uses of somatotropin include HGH deficiency and medical conditions such as short bowel syndrome and muscle-wasting disease.
Given below are some common uses of this hormone, however, they are not FDA approved.
- It is used to build muscles and improve the athletic performance. However, its effect on athletic performance is not proven.
- It is used to reverse age-related bodily deterioration, however this too is unproven.
The most recommended somatotropin stimulators in the market are the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved: Humatrope by Eli Lilly, Sereno Labs Saizen, and Pfizer’s Genotropin. They are approved for the long-term treatment of children and adults with idiopathic (of unknown origin) short stature. Studies have shown that the drug added several inches to the children’s and adult’s eventual height. Somatotropin available in this form, is costly. It needs to be refrigerated for some time, immediately after purchasing. The average dosage should not be more than 0.006 mg/kg/day; however, the dosage requirements may vary from person to person.
|Humatrope (5 milligrams)||USD 225.00|
|Saizen (1.33 milligrams)||USD 50.00 per bottle|
|Genotropin (5.33 milligrams)||USD 192.00 per bottle|
According to the reviews, somatotropin is :
- Believed to elevate the energy levels and increase the muscle mass
- Stated to reduce abdominal fat and facilitate weight loss
- Known to reduce wrinkles on the face and give the face a younger and fresher look
- Believed to increase the bone density, strengthen the internal organs, and immunity as well
- Stated to increase the sex drive and sexual health
- Claimed to facilitate normal functioning of the heart and eventually reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Aging is a natural and irreversible process, which is bound to occur due to the normal wear and tear of the body muscles and tissues. It must be noted that the use of somatotropin cannot stop this process.
Excessive dosage is not good for health, as it could result in higher chances of cancer and other complications. Injections are often associated with side effects such as swelling of hands and legs, joint pain, numbness/tingling sensations, muscle and back pain, and high blood pressure. Diabetics and people affected by other health complications should avoid this treatment.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.