What is HGH?
Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
Human growth hormone is described by some as the key to slowing the aging process. But please check out all the facts first.
Growth hormone fuels childhood growth and helps maintain tissues and organs throughout life. It’s produced by the pea-sized pituitary gland — located at the base of the brain. Beginning in middle age, however, the pituitary gland slowly reduces the amount of growth hormone it produces.
This natural slowdown has triggered an interest in using synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) as a way to stave off some of the changes linked to aging, such as decreased muscle and bone mass.
Human Growth Hormone Treatment
A recombinant form of HGH called somatropin (INN) is used as a prescription drug to treat children’s growth disorders and adult growth hormone deficiency.
Health & Concerns
Yes. Adults who have true growth hormone deficiency — not the expected decline in growth hormone due to aging — might be prescribed synthetic human growth hormone by their doctors.
Growth hormone deficiency might be caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland (pituitary adenoma). It also might be caused by treatment of an adenoma with surgery or radiotherapy.
For adults who have a growth hormone deficiency, injections of human growth hormone can:
- Increase exercise capacity.
- Increase bone density.
- Increase muscle mass.
- Decrease body fat.
Human growth hormone is also approved to treat adults with AIDS- or HIV-related muscle wasting.
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