The use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has come a long way since the mid-1990s and has now become quite commonplace among those who want to slow down or reverse the signs of aging.
Some even take it with the belief it will help them achieve their weight loss goals. Available in three forms, oral sprays, supplements and injections it’s the last one that causes controversy whenever it’s brought up.
So why the controversy around HGH injections? While there are plenty of studies that suggest the use of HGH supplements can, in fact, be quite beneficial with some really incredible results, the studies aren’t so complimentary when it comes to the HGH injections.
Typically the injections are used by those more serious about their goals – for instance, an athlete training for an event or celebrities. These
shots can be extremely expensive costing anywhere from $1,000-$2,500 per month and they are only available by prescription, so they aren’t readily available. Of course, this is not something your insurance provider will cover, so that is entirely out of your own pocket.
When you are using the injectable form of HGH it is, in fact, a synthetic form of it. This means it is not a naturally occurring element in your body rather it has been made medically/scientifically to mimic real HGH.
Whether you are careful to stick to the prescribed amount or go over, there are side effects that can often occur especially over long-term use.
Common side effects include pain, neurological issues, pale skin, digestive issues, carpal tunnel syndrome, retaining water, joint pain, heart enlargement, low blood sugar, thyroid and liver damage, extreme hair growth and even swelling of feet, legs, arms and/or hands.
The scariest and most alarming side effect by far is Acromegaly. This is when there is too much growth which can result in overgrowth of hair, bone tissue, and even vital organs. If this condition is not treated promptly and properly it can even result in death.
With side effects like these, HGH injections should not be taken lightly. While studies show that these injections might be perfectly safe for short-term use, the fact is that most people end up using them over long periods of time, therefore, making them quite unsafe in the long-run.
Before considering using HGH injections it’s wise to do your research and talk to your doctor about the pros and cons.