The uses and abuses of human growth hormone – A closer look into the treatment


Human growth hormone is a substance that is mainly responsible for your body’s growth. Growth hormone is secreted by your pituitary gland which is located at the base of your brain. Growth hormone helps children grow taller, decreases body fat and also increases muscle strength. In both children and adults, growth hormone is responsible for controlling the metabolism of their body, the process by which body cells change food into energy and make all the other substances that the body might need. If adults or children have too much or too little GH, they might face different kinds of health problems. Growth hormone deficiency and the other issues related with it can be easily treated with artificially manufactured GH and sometimes this GH is illegally used for reasons other than medical purposes.
How is growth hormone therapy used among humans?
The FDA or the US Food and Drug Administration has approved growth hormone treatment for certain health conditions. Growth hormone is available only through prescription and is usually administered through injections. Synthetic growth hormone seems to be effective and safe whenever it is used in the manner it is prescribed for the FDA-recommended conditions.
Among children, human growth hormone is used to treat growth hormone deficiency, physical conditions that cause short height like chronic kidney diseases, Prader-Willi syndrome and Turner syndrome. Among the adults, artificial growth hormone is used to treat growth hormone deficiency, short bowel syndrome and muscle wasting due to HIV. Apart from these uses, doctors from outside US often prescribe GH for some other health issues. When the doctors prescribe this kind of treatment for conditions other than the ones discussed above, this is called ‘off-label’ use.
Is the usage of growth hormone an appropriate option for healthy adults?

There have been different studies regarding healthy adults opting for growth hormone and most of the studies revealed conflicting results. Some studies showed that the senior adults increased their strength and endurance with decreased fat and enhanced muscle strength. But the other studies didn’t show such benefits. Experts say that there are more studies that are needed to comprehend the benefits and risks of growth hormone in healthier adults.
In what way is growth hormone abused?
People sometimes take growth hormone illegally in order to reverse or stop the effects of aging and to enhance their athletic performances. In fact, there are some athletes who think that taking only growth hormone alone won’t give them their desired results and hence they even take anabolic steroids in an effort to build muscle growth and decrease the fat in their body. There are some athletes who use insulin in order to increase muscular effects of GH and this is indeed a dangerous practice which should be avoided.
Therefore, when you’re wondering about the uses and abuses of human growth hormones injected artificially, you may consider the points mentioned above. Just make sure you get it done from a trustworthy institution like so that the results are successful.

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