By a show of hands, who wants to look like the Incredible Hulk's illegitimate son? Hands would raise faster than Usain Bolt in a room full of bodybuilders.
Building muscle is an integral part in the bodybuilding world. To boost their muscle building efforts, some bodybuilders turn to injecting HGH (Human Growth Hormone), but is this substance worth taking, you ask? Well, you have come to the right place to find out!
Why do bodybuilders use HGH?
As the name implies, HGH is a growth hormone that naturally occurs in the human body’s pituitary gland.
So why in the hell would a bodybuilder inject something that naturally grows in their body? Two words: More muscle.
Without HGH, increasing muscle mass and bone density would be impossible. In addition, it plays a vital role in preserving the health of all human tissue, including the brain.
This substance is one of the main hormones that contribute to bone, muscle and height development in adolescents. With that said, other than muscle building, HGH is touted as an anti-aging drug as well. So not only a mammoth-sized bodybuilder will be interested in the drug but also your Aunt Susie too.
When did synthetic HGH use become popular?
The popularity of using human growth hormone goes wayyyy back. The growth hormone was first discovered in the 1920s. Scientists began to harvest HGH from the pituitary glands of cadavers in the 1950s to conduct various experiments.
It wasn’t until the early 1980s when they start synthesizing the substance for medical purposes. The main use of synthetic HGH was for children and adults who suffered from dwarfism and other debilitating diseases such as the following:
- Turner's syndrome
- Prader-Willi syndrome
- HGH deficiency or insufficiency
- Children born small for gestational age
- Chronic kidney insufficiency
- Short bowel syndrome
- HIV/AIDs and other muscle-wasting diseases
The usage of synthetic HGH for those ailments is FDA-approved. However, using HGH to build muscle, look younger and other cosmetic purposes is NOT. Still, that doesn’t stop your local meathead from trying it out.
The popularization of this drug ranges from the Average Joe to celebrities. If a substance can solve the “How to stay young” dilemma most adults go through, best believe there will be a high demand for that product.
How do I know if I am HGH deficient?
If sporting a pair of 20-inch, chiseled biceps, you probably are not suffering from HGH deficiency. However, your HGH levels are bound to drop as you age. Healthy adult men typically have just less than 5 nanograms per milliliter circulating in the blood (Healthy women can produce twice as much for pregnancy purposes).
After the age of 30, HGH levels declines by 25 percent every decade. By the time you are 60, you are at 25 percent of original capacity (If this wasn’t the case, most of us would be several inches taller, overly muscular and living till 150 years old!).
That’s why it is vital to inspect your HGH levels at least once every 2 years. Ask your doctor to perform a HGH (or GH) blood test.
Is HGH harmful? Any side effects?
A drug without any side effects is a lie. Every drug has some sort of side effects. HGH is no different. While there have not been a ton of studies conducted on healthy adults taking HGH, here are some side effects that may occur:
- Swelling in the arms and legs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- For men, enlargement of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
- Joint and muscle pain
Whoa! Those side effects don’t sound too pleasing. Some researchers suggest that these side effects may be more prevalent in older adults than younger ones. Since the studies were short-term, more long-term research needs to be conducted to determine if these side effects dissipate or worsens.
Is it worth taking HGH for bodybuilding purposes?
Finally, the question you have been waiting for. HGH must be okay to use if your favorite bodybuilder is using it, right?
It enhances muscle mass, reduce body fat, and help you achieve greater endurance and a faster recovery. All those benefits are worth having, right? Wrong. Like the old expression goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
For one, HGH is expensive as hell. One trip to the doctor for HGH injection could set you back as much as $7500 for a monthly supply. Since it for bodybuilding purposes, you can forget using health insurance to lower the cost (and that is if you actually find a doctor who will prescribe it to you).
Besides, have you seen those side effects? Any drug that increases your chances of developing man boobs is probably not a good idea to take.
At the end the day, it is your decision to make. If you feel HGH will help you take the next step in your bodybuilding endeavors, then do go for it. If you choose to use synthetic growth hormones, please get it from a certified doctor, not some online black market supplier from Indonesia.