HGH Side Effects

Though most doping for muscle mass involves steroids, human growth hormone (also known as HGH) has been become highly publicized lately because of its recent abuse by professional athletes. HGH is not actually a steroid, but it is used by some athletes to increase muscle mass and enhance athletic performance. 
Jared Rosenthal
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Though most doping for muscle mass involves steroids, human growth hormone (also known as HGH) has been become highly publicized lately because of its recent abuse by professional athletes. HGH is not actually a steroid, but it is used by some athletes to increase muscle mass and enhance athletic performance.

HGH is produced naturally by the body. These hormones determine how large cells grow as well as how quickly they divide. The levels of HGH the body produces relies on a few different factors, such as exercise levels and diet. As the body develops, HGH is produced more rapidly. Once an individual reaches adulthood, HGH is produced less frequently.

The most common way to take HGH is by self-injection with a needle.

HGH Side Effects

  • tingling or numbness of the hands and feet;
  • edema;
  • impaired insulin reception;
  • impaired thyroid function.

Since HGH makes your body grow indiscriminately, it follows that tumors, if present, will also be made to grow larger. Therefore, long term abuse can result in cancer growth and premature death.

With such disastrous side effects, why would athletes use this drug? The limited evidence that growth hormones can improve athletic performance has led many athletes to begin use and abuse of HGH. Though some studies do support the fact that HGH aids in developing lean muscle mass and may lessen body fat quantity, it is still up for debate whether HGH actually increases strength. Some athletes also feel HGH helps them resist sports related injury because it may promote the strength of connective tissue.

Early detection of HGH abuse can help users avoid long term damage. Most often, those who abuse over-inject purposefully. These individuals will have more immediate negative side effects. These can include:

  • muscle or joint pain;
  • mood swings;
  • loss of sleep;
  • cardiovascular related problems.

For more information on testing for steroids and HGH, please contact us. Performance Enhancing Drug Tests are available at our clinics, as well as on-site for sporting events, tournaments, and competitions.

WRITTEN BY

Jared is the Founder of Health Street, the creator of the Who's Your Daddy DNA truck, and the host of VH1's Swab Stories.

WRITTEN BY

Jared is the Founder of Health Street, the creator of the Who's Your Daddy DNA truck, and the host of VH1's Swab Stories.

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