HGH Side Effects
HGH is probably one of the trending topics in the health community due to its alleged endless benefits including anti-aging and bodybuilding properties. Somatropin or the Human Growth Hormone, is a synthetic hormone designed to supplement our naturally secreted Growth Hormone from the pituitary gland. As we grow older, the levels of HGH tend to drop leading to the undesirable symptoms of aging. Thanks to the introduction of synthetic HGH, we can now supplement our HGH to return it to normal levels and regain our youthful vibe!
Back in the 1960s, HGH was one scarce and expensive hormone extracted from human cadavers and used only in children with severe Growth Hormone Deficiency. It was only in 1985 that Genetech finally made a breakthrough and introduced recombinant DNA synthesized Growth Hormone making it easily accessible and affordable to the majority public.
This was a wonderful and applaudable breakthrough, the only sad thing is HGH is notoriously gained popularity for many other benefits which are not FDA Approved. Due to these claims a lot of people are illegally taking HGH without medical consultation which can pose serious health complications. Indeed Growth hormone is a naturally occurring hormone but its abuse can lead to unanticipated side effects.
The 12+ Possible Side Effects of Growth Hormone
Growth hormone side effects are usually no biggy. They are usually rare and when they occur they are usually mild. Nonetheless at higher doses HGH is associated with a lot of side effects which can be both harmful and even lethargic. This mostly becomes a concern when large doses are administered for a longer period of time.
- Dude, did you know you can grow boobs? (Gynecomastia)
The human growth hormone increases prolactin, the hormone responsible for enlargement of the mammary glands(breasts). Taking HGH in excess can results in enlargement of the breasts in men.
- Carpal tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by an increased muscle mass in the wrist and is the most common side effect associated with Growth Hormone especially in the initial HGH cycles. The individual feels tingling or itching and weakness in the hands. The good news is these symptoms easily fade away if you discontinue the use of Growth Hormone.
- Cardiovascular complications
Individuals who have had high blood pressure for a long time are prone to a number of serious health complications if they choose to take HGH. Growth Hormone causes sodium and water retention which increases the chances of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, chronic kidney disease among many others.
- Musculoskeletal discomfort
Another common side effect associated with growth hormone uptake in many individuals are aches, joint and muscle pain a few minutes pot waking up. The discomfort can also lead to irritability.
Due to sodium and water retention, HGH can cause swelling in the hands and feet.
In some cases HGH can cause lethargy and tiredness as well as the need to take a few short naps during the day.
- Sodium and Water retention
If you are taking HGH as a beauty cosmetic, this is bad news for you. Growth hormone might cause a bloated physique and a puffy face. But this is in a very few and rare cases.
- Decreased blood sugar levels (Hypoglycemia)
HGH can drastically reduce the blood sugar levels in the body leading to hypoglycaemia. The following symptoms are felt during hypoglycaemia; seizures, trouble talking, confusion, loss of consciousness, or worst case scenario death. These symptoms can be easily combated with dextrose or a simple sugar food.
- Allergic reaction on the site of injection.
Some individuals get skin reactions on the area of injection, inflammation or a rush.
- High risk of diabetes
As mentioned above, Growth hormone can significantly lower blood sugar levels. This increases the chances of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
- Enlargement of body organs (Acromegaly)
Excess Growth Hormone can lead to overgrowth of body organs, the head, hand , feet, forehead, nose, jaw ears and many more. In some cases overgrowth of internal organs can also occur which is evidenced by the distended stomach in some bodybuilders.
- Growth of existing cancer cells
If you have a cancer, definitely stay away from HGH. HGH stimulates cell growth, cell regeneration and cell reproduction regardless of the cells being healthy cells or cancer cells. Therefore taking HGH if you have cancer would probably increase the cancer progression. Note that HGH does not cause the cancer but only speeds up cancer progression if you already have cancer.
4 Mythical Growth Hormone side effects
- Suppression of endogenous HGH
This myth is based upon the action of steroids on other hormones. Steroids are known to replace and suppress natural testosterone production in the body. HGH is a different scenario, scientists didn’t find any link between recombinant HGH and suppression of endogenous Growth Hormone. Although short term suppression may exist, the level usually returns back to normal after 20-30 hours
- HGH big belly
Whilst its true that some body builders who take HGH have huge lean bellies, there is still no evidence that this is caused by Growth Hormone, Neither is there any evidence that it is not caused by HGH. So the ball is in your court!
- Libido issues
Because of the high use of HGH in body building, most people confuse it with steroids. HGH does not have any effects on testosterone therefore no effect on sexual desire(libido).
- Hair loss
HGH actually promotes healthy hair and hair growth as it has collagen synthesis stimulating properties. Again this myth is due to confusion of HGH with steroids.
Rare Growth Hormone side effects
The following side effects are very rare and usually mild.
A little redness after an injection is perfectly normal caused by the immune system. Nonetheless if the redness persists, it might be due to hygiene issues. It is recommended to carefully wash your hands before an injection and to change the site of injection if the problem persists.
- Morning fatigue:
Morning fatigue induced by Growth Hormone is very rare, but there is a little chance. If you suspect that you are having morning fatigue due to HGH, usually its because you are using low quality HGH contaminated with bacteria residue. This why you should always buy HGH from reliable and FDA Approved suppliers.
Growth Hormone Dosage.
There is no standard or specific dosage of Growth Hormone. Your dosage is determined by what you are are being treated for, term of treatment as well as the the brand of HGH you are using. Always follow the instructions on the prescription or the patient medication leaflet, using Growth Hormone in smaller or larger doses than directed and for longer than advised can have harmful effects on the body or even be fatal
How to take Growth Hormone injections?
The most effective way to take Growth Hormone is to take it in the form of an injection. HGH is normally injected under the skin or into a muscle. If you do not know how to inject yourself, do not do it anyhow, visit your local clinic for education on how to properly give an injection and properly dispose the used needles and syringes. Never inject into the are twice in a row.
- Never shake the medication bottle.
- Growth hormone molecules are highly delicate and too much shaking can easily ruin the medicine making it ineffective. If the medication changes colour, do not use it!
- Unless you are ready to take your dose, do not prepare your doses in advance. Growth hormone doesn’t usually last that long after reconstitution.
- Disposable needles and syringes are meant to be only used once and make sure to follow the correct local laws protocol or discharging used needles and syringes.
- In the cause of Growth Hormone treatment, have regular hospital check-ups to check up on your growth progress, blood tests and the eyes.
- If you are undergoing treatment for short bowel syndrome, make sure to follow the correct diet plan from your GP and note that HGH does’n not totally cure short bowel syndrome.
- If your Growth Hormone comes in the form of cartridges, always use an injection pen that corresponds to the brand name you use.
- Always throw away any expired Growth Hormone vials and never attempts to use them regardless of the circumstances.
- Symptoms of overdose are shaking, tremors, cold sweats, exaggerated hunger, headache, weakness, drowsiness, dizziness, a racing heartbeat, and nausea.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon you remember and if its almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the former.
HGH storage is also determined by the brand and the diluent you are mixing the HGH with. As a general rule store Growth hormone in a cool place(refrigerator) and out of the reach of children.