A popular trend among bodybuilders this year is the use of human growth hormone (abbreviated usually to HGH) for a safe and smooth increase in muscle mass. Many athletes are already into the use of this new wonder drug, but many others are still unsure of its actual usefulness and perhaps a bit cautious about any side effects. Here’s a look at some of the facts according to HRTGuru, as compared to the fairy tales.
Just what is HGH?
Athletes and bodybuilders know that exercise and diet, while effective, are also limited as to how far they can take the male or female physique towards the quest for perfection. To reach optimum potential, the human body can always benefit from the use of HGH. These compounds occur naturally in the human pituitary gland. When there is a sufficient supply of HGH, cells in the body are able to grow and regenerate at an amazing pace. But when the human body is placed under the stress of an extreme diet and exercise regime, the pituitary gland may not be able to keep up with the body’s demands. HGH also helps in retaining and increasing both bone density and muscle mass.
Now the pituitary gland can only secrete so much HGH into the bloodstream at a time, and it has a very limited effectiveness window after it enters the liver, where most of it is turned into IGF-1, a growth hormone that controls muscle density. HGH was not synthesized until the early 1980’s — before that time medical technicians removed it during autopsies.
The human body creates only so much HGH during a lifetime, and only during certain ages. Young adults produce most of the HGH they will ever have up until about the age of 25, and then it decreases rapidly. Pregnant women also experience high levels of HGH to help their fetus develop properly.
For those who intend to begin intense workouts, or who already are engaged in such activities and want to know if they have an HGH deficiency, there is a simple blood test that can be done to indicate how much HGH injections would help in building and retaining muscle mass and bone marrow. There are relatively few side effects to HGH therapy — they include a slight increase in the blood glucose level and some water retention. But most people find the injections produce absolutely no side effects.
And there is another upside to the use of HGH. It’s been clinically shown that these vital growth hormones play an important part in delaying the onset of many degenerative diseases for aging adults. Cognitive functions are preserved, even enhanced, with the use of HGH. It also improves the libido in older adults, which can make for a very happy and intimate relationship even as the years take their toll.
On the other hand, HGH deficiency often leads to a poor self image because of weight gain, water retention, and the inability to focus for long periods of time. So it’s not just bodybuilders and athletes that should look into using HGH supplements, but everyone who is concerned with their overall health.
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