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HGH abuse, side effects, and risks

Updated on October 30, 2011

What is HGH?

Human growth hormone or somatotropin is a hormone that is produced in the body by the pituitary gland. Before this happens, growth hormone releasing hormone (HGH-RH) and somatostatin (SST) are released by the hypothalamus, and that determines whether more or less HGH is produced by the pituitary. Many factors influence the release of HGH, however, including nutrition and exercise.

Why it is used and how it is different from steroids?

It is obviously used to gain lean muscle mass, but in its effect and functioning in the body, it is pretty different from steroids. The main difference is that steroids cause muscle gain by the method of hypertrophy while HGH causes muscle gain by hyperplasia. Hypertrophy is a process in which every individual muscle cell size increases because of increased protein synthesis. On the other hand, hyperplasia is the process in which the number of muscle cell is increased and because of this, the muscle mass gained with HGH is almost permanent unlike steroids.

No need to look like Stallone taking HGH when you look better than him
No need to look like Stallone taking HGH when you look better than him
HGH has bad effects behind good looks
HGH has bad effects behind good looks
HGH and enlargement of joints and body organs.
HGH and enlargement of joints and body organs.

Side effects of HGH

Mostly, it is believed in the scientific crowd that HGH do not have any side-effects; however, there are a few rare un-welcomed effects which do appear. One common sideï·“effect might be "carpal tunnel syndrome" and this is a medical condition in which you feel numbness and a bit pain in hands and other side effect, which some people might not like, are increased bone width, enlargement of jaws, and enlargement of organs. Recently it is also discovered that some rare people might also get an increase in estrogen levels with taking this hormone, so in this case some anti-estrogen might be helpful, but the bright side of it is that there would not be any androgenic effects, no baldness, no redness of skin, no excessive water retention, etc. which are commonly seen in people using steroids and other chemical or herbal testosterone boosters.

More side effects of human growth hormone include undulated bone growth, particularly around the face, damage to the heart. In early 1990s, bodybuilders began appearing onstage with thick waistlines and distended bellies, which most experts have attributed to the use of this infamous HGH.

There has also been association of high levels of HGH and prostate cancer but I do not mean that it really causes 100% cancer.

So it is highly inadvisable to go in for HGH or steroids. Take whey plus creatinine combo. That is the best.

Human Growth Hormone Injections
Human Growth Hormone Injections
Hidden side effects of human growth hormone
Hidden side effects of human growth hormone

Downsides of HGH

There are only two downsides of HGH when compared to steroids. First is that HGH are not as fast as steroids. They would not just suddenly bulk you up in 6 weeks. It takes time. The second one is that it is insanely expensive when compared to steroids and still half of the products available under the HGH label are not even real or pure.

Steroids are generally for hypertrophy (increase in size of cell or tissue) while growth hormones are for hyperplasia (increase in the number of cell or tissues), so hormones like testosterones increase the size of muscle tissue while growth hormones increases the number of muscle tissue.

That is how came the term "GH tummy" and it is referred to the modern bodybuilders with big tummy. Because of heavy intake of HGH and hyperplasia, the fascia of the abdomen becomes too large.

HGH Pain
HGH Pain

Risks of taking HGH

There are various risks of taking human growth hormone without medical supervision and they are just similar to risks of steroids, here is the complete list.

1. Body and facial acne.

2. People taking HGH can grow large breasts or medically known as gynecomastia (you grow.

3. Premature baldness.

4. Decrease in high density lipoprotein which is a good fat in our body.

5. Increase in low-density lipoprotein, it is the fat which causes severe heart disease.

6. Increase in cholesterol.

7. Addictive tendencies that mean a person taking it can become an HGH addict.

8. Thrombolytic disorders.

9. Aggressiveness, irritability, kidney dysfunction, liver tumor, liver dysfunction, testicular atrophy, pain with urination, decrease in sperm count, impotence which is the inability to make a complete erection as for having sex, prostatitis which is inflammation of the prostate gland, infertility, and premature closing of growth plates.

I believe it is better to prevent any chances of side effects instead of taking hGH then trying to tackle with the side effects- by totally avoiding this, you can prevent exposing your body to excess hGH when you can already synthesize the hGH you need as long as you know the proper technique.

Impotence and infertility are also two major side effects of taking HGH.
Impotence and infertility are also two major side effects of taking HGH.
Impotency and human growth hormone
Impotency and human growth hormone

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your comments friends.

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      5 years ago

      I love hgh, it helps me a lot considering having multiple sclerosis

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      6 years ago

      dose anyone kno of a suplament that can help me im goin crazy i went from lifting 300 pounds with no help of a suplament of any kind but got really sick when i was 16 and lost all my mass im currently 21 and lift about 84 pounds i have tried every thing my old work out rutine to almost every thing on a gnc shelf nothing seems to work and i have a friend who used to use staroids and almost died he told me never to think about it but getting back to the build i was is verry important to me even nowing the risks im not looking for people calling me a dumb a## for thinking about using staroids im looking for a suplament with hard work outs will aid me

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      6 years ago

      Interesting read. I searched for side effects after my second week on HGH product. My left wrist has been hurting (carpal tunnel pain). I am going to stop taking the supplement to see if the pain subsides. I will post again in a week if that is the case.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Andrew. @Tim, I think you should not start taking HGH when you are in school. I think it's too early and detrimental for your teen health. It's better to all this stuff after college and till that time you can go ahead and check out if there are any other natural alternatives to taking HGH. I think natural will be best for you.

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      7 years ago

      i was thinking about taking them idk now tho...a lot of kids are doing it at my school.

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      7 years ago

      hgh all the way

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Paul, you are right. Excess of everything is bad.

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      8 years ago

      The bad side effects only occur when you take too much of the HGH, right?..

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes one should not use Performance enhancing drugs or steriods and hormones which have many side effects.

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      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I never knew the side effects of HGH were so bad. Good thing I never used nor endorse Performance enhancing drugs (PED)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks emohealer and Mr. Kothari for your kindness and support.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Anjali you are right as we have many examples from bollywood also like Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt of old generation with baldness and you can see the present movie trailer of Saif Ali Khan in which he has also started using hormones or steroids I think. The new comers in the cinemas who are ambitious to become ACTION HERO will also follow them but at their later age, they will also look really weird.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Heathermom.

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      Jyoti Kothari 

      9 years ago from Jaipur


      informative hub discussing pros and cons of the medicinal hormone. Pictures are relevant. Thumbs up.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks Soni, as much as I was involved in the gym portion of body building, I never knew about this part.

      Well written hub informing those who may want to look great and knowing what the trade off is with the use of HGH.

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      9 years ago from New York

      Hi Soni: That was real scary. I guess the actors in Hollywood / Bollywood are always under constant pressure to look fab but I did notice one strange thing about them (those who are on such self induced growth hormones / steroids)...they look awful as they grow older. I wonder if it has something to do with the artificially induced mechanisms. This hub was an eye opener. :)

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      9 years ago

      Nice article. As usual the risks far outweigh the short terms benefits. Be natural!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks ralwus. Yes indeed HGH and steroids can make your joints look really ugly.

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      9 years ago

      Very informative hub and I hope some people take notes on this. Man those are some ugly feet!


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