As I said in my previous post about human growth hormone facts, it is a peptide hormone produced by the pituitary gland under influence by signal molecules from the hypothalamus. It has a wide range of effects on the cells in the body, including enhanced fat burning, increased muscle mass and bone mineralization.
It has become popular for anti-aging benefits after being shown in research to increase lean mass in older adults, and it has been abused in certain sports. It is given therapeutically for some disorders, mainly for growth hormone deficiency in children which causes short stature and growth delays.
Today, human growth hormone is illegal unless prescribed by a doctor.
Human Growth Hormone Side Effects:
A side effect of excess growth hormone is a condition known as Acromegaly, but this is often caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland which causes excessive human growth hormone secretion.
Common human growth hormone side effects include joint problems, mainly swelling and pain, along with increased water retention.
This hormone has been researched thoroughly for anti-aging purposes, but the results have not been promising. Actually, growth hormone treatment has caused increased risk of developing some serious diseases.
A review of multiple studies on human growth hormone in older adults displayed that even though the hormone decreased body fat and total cholesterol levels, while increasing lean muscle mass, it also caused them to be more likely to experience carpal tunnel syndrome, gynecomastia (enlargening of male breast tissue), earlier onset of diabetes and impaired fasting glucose levels (1).
Another study, about cancer incidence in people treated with human pituitary growth hormone, showed that they had an increase in total incidence of cancer, especially colorectal cancer and Hodgkin’s disease (2).
So, to recap, the side effects of human growth hormone may include:
- Joint swelling.
- Joint pain.
- Increased water retention.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Increased risk of diabetes.
- Increased risk of cancer.
If you are thinking about treatment with this hormone, make sure to do it under supervision of a doctor since the human growth hormone side effects can be pretty severe. A lot of people are able to use this hormone without any major side effects, but they are a definite possibility.
Take note that if you see someone advertising human growth hormone for sale online, it is most definitely a scam. Human growth hormone is only available by prescription from a doctor, and only given under special circumstances.
It would be a better idea to increase natural human growth hormone production by getting better sleep, doing intermittent fasting or high intensity exercise. These methods have been proven to increase levels of the hormone, without any side effects.