HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Uses & Potential Side Effects

HGH side effect checklist

What is HGH?  Plus What are Some of its Benefits

HGH which is short for Human Growth Hormone, is synthesized and secreted by cells called Somatrophs in the anterior pituitary gland. HGH is one of many endocrine hormones, like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, melatonin, and DHEA, which all decline with age.

The decline of HGH with age, sometimes refereed as Somatopause, is directly associated with many of the symptoms of aging, including: wrinkles, gray hair, decreased energy and sexual function, increased body fat, muscle atrophy, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. The good news is that clinical evidence shows that we can dramatically reverse these symptoms with HGH replacement therapy.

The Benefits of Boosting HGH are many, and include: enhanced skin tone and elasticity, decreased body fat, increased muscle mass and much more..  With benefits like these it is no wonder why HGH has become so popular over the last few years.    Before you take HGH you should be aware of the different types and the potential risks associated with each.

Potential Risk Factors of Taking Prescription HGH

The risks of prescription HGH injections have been shown in some studies to include the following side effects: carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and edema.

These side effects were experienced when high dosages of prescription hgh injections were given. Numerous studies have shown that these risks can be reduced or eliminated by using a low-dose higher frequency prescription injection method. Under this method the person takes a low dose injection twice daily. It is also important to note that natural HGH releasers or secretagogues such as Symbiotropin, don't have any of the above side effects, but do have some cautions of there own. (See below)

There is a reason that Prescription HGH Injections are only available by a prescription in the United States. The reason is due to the potential side effects of these prescription injections, a qualified physician specializing in anti-aging needs to manage and monitor the treatment.

Another potential risk of HGH injections, is the elevation of blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar can cause fat cells to break themselves down and release free fatty acids into the blood stream. The risks caused by these free fatty acids, is that as energy molecules they can be taken up by organs and be used for energy.When taking prescription injections, our muscles are consuming free fatty acids as a fuel, and they are far less interested in sugar, therefore they tend to resist the effects of insulin, and extract less sugar from the blood. At the same time, growth hormone can increase glucose output from the liver to the blood. This combination of these potential hgh side effects can raise blood sugar and raise insulin levels, neither of which are good. Fortunately, this is only a problem in people who eat a diet high in sugar and starch, and who don't really exercise.Therefore in order to eliminate some of risks of HGH injections, it is important to consume a diet fairly low in sugar and starch, and to exercise regularly.

Still another possible side effect of taking HGH injections is that a person's pituatary gland can become lazy and stop secreting HGH on its own.  Normally the pituatary gland secretes HGH on its own, and it continues to this as we normally age.   By taking injections of HGH the body can stop secreting human growth hormone on its own, and in this case your HGH levels could plumet when you stop taking your prescription.  So unless you can afford at least $1000 a month for the rest of your life, we believe the first step is always to try a natural secretagogue such Symbiotropin first.

Aside from elevated blood sugar, carpel tunnel and edema; you should also look out for the following possible adverse reactions:

  •     Abnormal or decreased sensation of touch
  •     blurring or other changes in vision
  •     burning, itching, numbness, prickling or tingling feelings
  •     dizziness
  •     increased nervousness
  •     pounding in the ears
  •     severe headache
  •     slow or fast heartbeat
  •     abdominal pain or bloating
  •     chest pain

If you have any of the above reactions to taking Prescription HGH injections, then contact your doctor immediately.

Homeopathic HGH

There are no known cautions or side effects with homeopathic HGH, but we do not recommend taking it as it appears to be ineffective.   For more info, please see our article HGH scams to avoid.

All Natural HGH Releasers (Secretagogues) - Potential Side effects and Cautions:

Diabetics and borderline diabetics, persons who have not completed their bone growth (children and teenagers) and pregnant or lactating women, and cancer patients should not take amino acid based secretagogues.

There are currently over 40 natural HGH releaser formulas.   A large percentage of these have similar ingredients with varying dosages.  The only natural secretagogue that we really recommend is Symbiotropin, formally Pro Hgh.  

When it comes to side effects of HGH Secretagogues they are very minimal compared to synthetic HGH injections.   The vast majority of these formulations mostly contain amino acids and other natural ingredients that are designed to release hgh from our aging pituitary gland. 

The following are the potential side effects of a couple of  ingredients that can be found in most  natural HGH Releasers. Be sure to read the label of your individual product to see if it contains other ingredients that may also have adverse reactions.

L-arginine & L-ornithine amino acid cautions:
- Because growth hormone depletes potassium and opposes the actions of insulin, diabetics and borderline diabetics should only use GH releasers under a physican's supervision. L-Arginine and L-ornithine may improve or worsen diabetic conditions.

- L Arginine and L-ornitine sometimes have the side effect of reactivating latent herpes virus infections. Therefore persons who have ever had ocular or brain herpes should not use these amino acids and therefore avoiding any potential side effects..

-Those with certain psychoses may experinece worsened symptoms if they take L-arginine or L-ornithine.

L-tyrosine amino acid caution and side effects:
Cancer patients should avoid taking L Tyrosine, as cetain cancers, such as melanoma, can depend on this amino acids to fuel their growth. Persons taking antidepressant drugs should consult their doctor before taking L-tyrosine supplementation; as it may be necesary to adjust antidepressant dosages due to the mood enhancing effects of L-tyrosine.  Supplemental use of L-tyrosine may raise or normalize blood pressure.  Insomnia may occur from over-stimulation if taken too close to bedtime.

In summary, the ingredients in most natural secretagogues are mostly various dosages of specific amino acids, and unless you are under 20, pregnant, have cancer or are a diabetic; then there are no side effects that we are aware of, besides mild insomnia for some people if taken at night.


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