You should start growth hormone therapy when your doctor diagnoses you with a growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone therapy is a medical procedure. One should not try to self-treat this condition with over-the-counter products.
An Overview of Growth Hormone Deficiency
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) explains that growth hormone deficiency happens when the pituitary gland does not secrete the correct amount of growth hormone.
When an adult develops growth hormone deficiency, the cause is usually one of these four factors:
- A tumor within the brain
- An infection
- Radiation therapy
- Idiopathic (meaning the cause is unknown)
In children, growth hormone deficiency can be from one of these four causes. It could also be from structural abnormalities within the brain or genetic mutations. Sometimes children who had human growth hormone (HGH) therapy through childhood begin producing the right amount of hormone levels when they become adults, but unfortunately, many do not.
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Symptoms of Growth Hormone Deficiency in Adults
According to NORD, an adult with low levels of growth hormone can experience any of these symptoms:
- The composition of the body changes, with increased fat stores around the middle of the body.
- One’s metabolism slows, leading to weight gain without increased caloric intake.
- The person feels fatigued and weak, with little energy.
- An individual can develop osteoporosis as bone density decreases.
- Heart function can become impaired.
- A person can become insulin resistant.
- Cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels can rise.
- Muscles can become weak, and muscle mass can decrease.
- The individual can develop anxiety and depression.
If a person has these symptoms, a medical examination and blood tests can help to determine the cause of these impairments. After a doctor makes the diagnosis, you can start growth hormone therapy.
Why DIY Treatment of Growth Hormone Deficiency Is Not a Good Choice
HGH is a controlled substance that can only get dispensed legally with a prescription. The only prescription form of HGH is by injection. A person must go to a doctor to get a prescription for HGH.
If one tries to treat low growth hormone levels on their own, their efforts will be ineffective, dangerous, and possibly illegal.
DIY Treatments Are Ineffective
Since a person cannot obtain HGH legally without a doctor’s prescription, the only options for self-treating are over-the-counter or illegal substances. Over-the-counter items usually come as pills, powders, nasal sprays, and shakes.
In 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tested an array of over-the-counter products that claimed to boost HGH levels. These oral sprays, which claimed to promote weight loss, energy levels, and treat diseases, contained no HGH. The organization concluded that online scammers sell fake HGH products that do not work in order to steal people’s credit card information.
If someone sold pills that actually did contain legitimate HGH, these items would still be ineffective. According to Harvard Health Publishing, a tablet has to pass through the digestive tract. The digestive enzymes in the intestines break down HGH and render it useless. By the time what remains of the substance gets to the bloodstream, it is incapable of giving the person any benefit. Only injectable, authentic HGH can treat low growth hormone levels.
DIY Treatments Are Dangerous
Since we do not know what substance the online sellers of fake HGH put into these pills, powders, and other products, the situation begs the question of what chemicals the makers do put into these items.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not test every product that is in today’s market. Fake HGH pills and other forms of these items could contain contaminants and dangerous substances. Ingesting these products could result in hazards to one’s health.
DIY Treatments Can Be Illegal
Selling or buying a controlled substance without a prescription is illegal. If a person buys an over-the-counter or online product without a prescription from a doctor, and the item actually does contain HGH, both the seller and buyer could face criminal charges.
A wise decision is to get an evaluation of possible growth hormone deficiency from a qualified medical expert. If a person receives a diagnosis of low growth hormone levels, the treatment should be prescription HGH administered by injection under the supervision of a physician.
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Treating Growth Hormone Deficits
You should start growth hormone therapy after being evaluated by a medical professional. HealthGAINS evaluates people who have symptoms of low growth hormone levels. Their doctors only use injectable, real HGH made from bioidentical hormones. After completing their recommended course of treatment, patients report feeling younger and having more energy than they did previously.
The initial consultation with a trained adviser is free, and there is no obligation. To learn more, call HealthGAINS today at (305) 912-8828.
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