Human growth hormone (HGH), also known as somatotropin is a long peptide hormone which stimulates cell reproduction, cell growth and cell regeneration in the body. It is responsible for human development. HGH is secreted by somatotropic cells present in the anterior lobe of pituitary gland. It is available in the form of an injection that are legally prescribed in US, but elsewhere it is a controversial drug. HGH is claimed as a performance enhancing supplement and there were questions on how it is considered as a strong steroid.
Is the drug legal?
HGH is responsible for regulating growth not only in the muscle fibres but also bone density and maturation of osteocytes. Many body builders and athletes who wish to improve their sport performance or a ripped toned look, often take resort to human growth hormone supplements which are synthetically manufactured to promote muscle gain and endurance. There are several suggested criteria for prescribing HGH to visualise safe impacts of the drug by not disturbing the immunity of the body.
Action of HGH has been critically linked to insulin tolerance, and therefore people suffering from diabetes or metabolism issues should take the product with utter caution and supervision of an expert. The supplement has been reported to produce slight adverse effects like edema (abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the epidermal layer of skin) and swelling of hands and feet. HGH supplements are available in the form of topical creams, tablets, sprays and injections that are sold only with a valid prescription. There are several controversies regarding the research studies, clinical experiments done on the drug, revealing that a number of other components are believed to elevate the synthesis of HGH in the body. So there are questions on its legalisation and safe usage under the nutrition authority.
Health benefits of HGH:
Human growth hormone secretion is purely under the control of the master pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Thus, with the process of aging, the production of HGH gradually grows down as the stimulation of the pituitary decreases with time. If HGH is present in higher levels in the body, it will promote better growth and maintenance of vital organs and tissues from childhood till early adulthood. The deficit of the hormone can be filled up exogenously by HGH injections. This helps to build up strong muscles and improvement in the cognitive approach, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, metabolic and skeletal malfunctioning.
Prolonged exposure to the drug may develop psychological and physical problems like higher anxiety level, depression, reduction in energy levels, socially segregated emotions, lack of tolerance and decreased bone density. Other symptoms include higher LDL levels, sensitiveness to insulin, fat accumulation near torso region and reduced muscle power. To scrape out the wellness of the drug, one must follow optimum measures of injected HGH within a reasonable period of time and not exceed the maximum limit.
Recent studies have shown how HGH supplements are widely used for the treatment of normal growth hormone deficits in both children and adults under doctor’s supervision. An individual’s tolerance capacity, genetic constitution and exposure to some other bodily disorder are the basic criteria for prescribing HGH within safe levels of use.