HGH in the Public’s Eyes
HGH or Human Growth Hormone holds a dear place in health enthusiast and body builder’s heart. This so called vital of youth is many people’s choice when they want to develop lean muscle mass, lose fat, get better skin condition, or simply to recover physical condition faster after an injury. There are other substance options to get the benefits mentioned above, like steroid (the legal one), creatine, or glutamine, but HGH is well-known to possess lower risks compared to other substance.
However, the debate whether HGH is effective or not for bodybuilding is still ensuing. Some research shows that it is safe to consume and significantly help promoting the growth of muscle mass as well as reducing recovery time after injury, while some other research conclude otherwise. Individual review from HGH user also goes both ways, it works for some people and doesn’t for others.
One important fact to consider, FDA approve HGH for certain use, but bodybuilding is not included. The approved uses of HGH is to treat
1) Adult HGH Deficiency
2) Short Bowel Syndrome
3) Muscle-wasting Disease Associated with HIV/AIDS. FDA has not yet approved the use of HGH for anti-ageing or muscle building.
Therefore, to determine whether HGH is the right muscle builder for you, you have to learn about it yourself. Find information about HGH as much as possible – from what it is, how it works, the expected result, the benefits, as well as the side effects. You can learn more about what is HGH and how it works in this blog, meanwhile in this article I will focus on both the benefits and the risk of HGH consumption.
The Benefits of HGH
The benefits of HGH is abundance, that’s why it could be as popular as it is today. HGH is naturally produced in pitutiary gland, and it helps boost metabolism as well as inducing the secretion of IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor) that is responsible to muscle growth, fat burning, and cells rejuvenation. Therefore, the benefits from HGH are mostly attributable to IGF-1.
- It promotes muscle growth: Almost every cells in your body has an IGF-1 receptor. When IGF-1 is released into the bloodstream, it will reach the receptor and start affecting the cell – whether growing it, fixing it, or even renewing it.
- It shortens recovery time: It is related to the previous benefit. Since IGF-1 can fix or renew cell, the damaged cell in your body can be replaced faster with the new one. After a sickness or injuries, you will need some time off to let your body recover, but with HGH you can shorten the recovery time to make the most of your time.
- It helps lose fat: HGH on its own can boost metabolism rate by 20%. It means a lot of fat getting burned. Because of this, bodybuilders on HGH usually have an ideal body composition since their bulk mostly consist of lean muscle mass and not fat.
- Increases bone mineral density: IGF is also responsible for bone cells. As you age, your bone density decreases, causing your bone to be more vulnerable to fatigue, injuries, or osteoporosis. With IGF’s ability to grow cells, it can increase the mineral density inside your bones.
- Improving skin condition: Wrinkles and sagging skin are common signs of ageing. They usually appear after the significant drop of HGH level. By injecting HGH into your system again, due to IGF’s cell growth promoting ability, your skin cells will rejuvenate. It will restore some tightness in your skin to remove the wrinkles and sagging.
- Improves the immune system: Improving immunity in one’s body is one benefit of HGH that is often overlooked. In fact, HGH stimulates T and B cells proliferation and immunoglobulin synthesis, which is responsible in maintaining the body’s immune system.
- Improves the cardiovascular system: Cardiac tissue is different than the rest of the tissue, therefore if cardiac tissue is somehow break or dead, it can’t regenerate new tissue. However, that was in the past. Now with stem cells, it is possible to regenerate new cardiac tissue. HGH, via IGF-1 it helps to secrete, regulate the new cells. It helps improve the mass, contractility, and ability to reduce peripheral arterial resistance, therefore overall it causes cardiac improvement.
The Side Effect of HGH
Every good thing also has its bad side too. HGH is no exception. Luckily, the benefits of HGH so far out weight the negative side effect of HGH. The most common side effect of HGH so far are mentioned below:
- Enlargement of body parts, from fingers to internal organs: Since HGH promotes muscle growth, overusing or abusing the use of HGH can lead to one or several body parts to swell. This can affect any body parts, from your finger to your foot. It can affect internal organ as well, therefore it needs to be treated medically when you feel like you’re experiencing this. Cardiomegaly or swelling heart can be fatal.
- Muscle or joint pain: Since the muscles and bones in your body grow due to the consumption of HGH, is it normal to feel pain that feels like comes out of nowhere at your muscle or your joint.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is the feeling of getting pin and needles rammed on your skin – a tingling, weird sensation of you skin. Just like the previous side effect, it happens because the skin is accommodating the growth of the cells.
- It may increase the risk of cancer and type-2 diabetes: Again, since HGH promotes cells growth, it is more likely to exacerbate a tumor inside your body (if any). There is no remedy for cancer yet, therefore the best practice for this side effect is to avoid any high consumption of HGH if you have the history of cancer or type-2 diabetes.
There is an ambiguous evidence about the effect of HGH on cholesterol level. In some research, HGH administration decreases the excess cholesterol level, but in some other research, HGH actually increase the cholesterol level. Therefore, the relation between cholesterol level and HGH may be affected by other factors as well, so it is hard to say whether such relation is a benefit or side effect.
So, Is It Right for Me?
If you look again at the list of the benefits and risks of HGH, you can’t deny that HGH does have some serious benefits for your body. Taking HGH in normal dosage and frequency will gives you better body composition, lean body mass, faster recovery time, and even better skin. There are not a lot of substance out there that can offer such wide benefits.
However, you can’t deny as well that HGH possess some risks. However, the risks are usually low in severity and the symptoms will disappear when you stop taking HGH. Since HGH is not meant to be consumed continuously but rather in cycle of several weeks, this won’t be a problem in a long time.
The biggest worry of HGH side effect is its relation to cancer. Since the risk for this overweight the benefit, if you have a family history of cancer it’s better to forgo the benefits entirely. However, if you don’t have any risk of cancer from your family side, I would say that yes, HGH is right for you.