Improper levels of HGH can cause heart problems. People with human growth hormone (HGH) deficiency might develop heart problems, but people with high HGH levels, such as people diagnosed with acromegaly, can also experience cardiac issues.
A study in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that growth hormone treatment can reduce heart problems in adults with GH deficiency. Also, hormone therapy can cause beneficial changes in the heart for people who have some types of heart disorders without GH deficiency.
A person should consult with a physician before beginning HGH therapy. Since the only legal form of growth hormone treatment is by prescription, a professional medical evaluation is necessary.
Heart Conditions That Could Benefit From HGH Therapy
The Journal of Pediatrics article says that adults with growth hormone deficiency can develop cardiac issues because of:
· Diminished left ventricular mass
· Less tolerance for exercise
· More visceral fat accumulation
· High serum lipid levels
HGH treatment can help treat many of these changes.
The Journal of Endocrinology cautions that having growth hormone levels that are too high or too low “almost always” leads to cardiac function, which could reduce the individual’s lifespan. The article suggests that growth hormone could be effective at treating heart failure.
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Human Growth Hormone 101
The body produces growth hormone in the pituitary gland, according to the Mayo Clinic. The pituitary is a tiny organ that is the size of a kidney bean. If the pituitary does not work correctly, an individual might make too much growth hormone, as in acromegaly, or too little growth hormone, as in GH deficiency. When the pituitary is under-performing, the patient has hypopituitarism. GH can be the result of hypopituitarism.
Harvard Medical School says that the pancreas, intestinal tract, and the hypothalamus in the brain make multiple hormones that can affect how much growth hormone the body produces. Growth hormone helps systems in the body make needed proteins, burn fat, use insulin, and increase blood sugar levels and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1).
People with GH deficiency can derive these benefits from growth hormone therapy:
· Larger muscle mass
· Greater endurance for workouts
· Better overall energy
· Lower likelihood of developing cardiac disease in the future
· Stronger bones that are less likely to fracture
Results will vary from one person to the next.
Symptoms of Growth Hormone Deficiency
Depending on what causes a person’s GH deficiency, the signs of the disorder can develop gradually over many years or come on suddenly. According to the Mayo Clinic, an individual with GH deficiency might have these symptoms:
· Feeling tired
· Weak muscles
· Decreased motivation
· Lack of interest in social activities
· Change in the distribution of fat throughout the body
Those factors can lead to these clinical manifestations:
· Workouts at the gym achieving unacceptable results
· Sleep disorders
· Depression and loss of ambition
· Accumulation of fat around the waistline
· Less libido
· The body takes on an undesired shape that does not respond positively to diet and exercise
· Diminished weight control
· As fat increases and muscle mass decreases, areas of the body can begin to sag
Treating the underlying growth hormone deficiency can correct many of these issues.
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How to Avoid Problems With Growth Hormone Therapy
Sometimes people ignore their doctor’s advice and take a much higher dosage of HGH than prescribed. High levels of growth hormone can cause many harmful complications, just as any prescription medication can if abused.
While it can be tempting to think that if the therapy produces good results, taking more will make it work better, HGH does not work that way. Increased energy and endurance, larger muscle mass, and burning off unwanted fat can lead a person to want to take too much HGH to enhance athletic performance or appearance. That approach can backfire and lead to diminished results.
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The Dangers of Getting HGH Without a Prescription
Growth hormone treatment is a controlled substance. The drug is only available legally with a prescription. A trainer or workout buddy might offer to sell HGH, but a prudent person should decline. If the substance contains HGH, it is illegal. If the product does not contain HGH, the buyer wastes his money. The item might be “cut” with dangerous chemicals.
There are many supplements on the market that claim to help the body produce more growth hormone. There is no medical research that supports these claims.
Using unproven over-the-counter substances or non-prescription HGH could cause heart problems, depending on the chemicals these products contain. The smart choice is to go to a doctor for an evaluation of growth hormone levels. If the person has GH deficiency, the doctor can prescribe an effective treatment, tailored to the individual’s needs and goals.
People interested in learning more about HGH can call HealthGAINS today at (305) 682-1818.