HGH Questions and Answers

By Lisa Wells, RN

HGH Questions and Answers

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What is HGH?

Human Growth Hormone (somatotropin or somatotrophin) is one of the main hormones of the body. It is produced in the pituitary gland. It is responsible for growth and development when we are children and as adults it is still very important because it helps the body to rejuvenate and heal itself by building healthy new cells to replace the damaged or worn out cells. Learn more about HGH.

What is IGF-1?

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1, also known as somatomedin C, is a major growth factor that is released by the liver in response to human growth hormone. It is IGF-1 that gives us most of the benefits associated with HGH. Once growth hormone is released into the bloodstream it is quickly taken in by the liver and converted into IGF-1 and other growth factors. More information: IGF-1.

What is IGF-2?

Insulin-like Growth Factor-2, also known as somatomedin A, is an important growth factor released by the liver in response to growth hormone. IGF-2 has been found to be an important modulator of muscle growth, helping to stimulate the maturation of dormant new muscle cells. It is also involved in the health of the brain, nerves, liver and kidneys. IGF-2 is also a mitogen for many types of normal cells. More information about the body's growth factors.

Is human growth hormone therapy safe?

After the enormous positive publicity of Dr. Rudman's study articles began appearing that warned about the risks of human growth hormone. Of course too much of most things can cause harm. Much of the concern has been based on the abuse of the injections by young athletes who already have enough natural growth hormone but are determined to enhance their body and performance. HGH side effects are usually only been seen in patients taking too much via injection.

What happens when I stop HGH?

It depends on the type of HGH therapy being taken. The HGH injections can shut down the pituitary gland's own release of growth hormone. Stopping HGH injection therapy abruptly may cause a rebound effect where the benefits previously gained are lost because the pituitary gland has become accustomed to not releasing growth hormone and so the level can drop below what it was before the therapy was started. Injectable HGH should be cycled in order to try to prevent the pituitary gland from becoming lazy and thereby lessening the rebound effects.

HGH in homeopathic form will not shut down the pituitary gland's own production but should help to improve it.

What about taking Sermorelin instead of HGH?

When you take Sermorelin you are taking a hormone replacement therapy of GHRH (growth hormone releasing hormone), which is normally released by the hypothalamus. If you take GHRH for very long the hypothalamus may become lazy about releasing it just like the pituitary gland may become lazy about releasing HGH if you take the HGH injections for very long. Generally, all hormone replacement therapies are meant to be prescribed once the specific gland can no longer make enough of that hormone and it is usually meant to be taken for life.

Can HGH increase the risk of cancer?

There are various opinions concerning HGH and cancer. Although taking too much growth hormone by injection may stimulate aberrant cell growth and thereby increase the risk of cancer, it is also true that in aging adults improving their growth hormone back to a more healthy level is known to help rebuild the thymus and improve the immune system by increasing the cancer fighting cells. For more information about HGH and Cancer.

What is the source of the human growth hormone?

Growth hormone was first used in medicine in 1958 and the source was the pituitary glands of cadavers, usually obtained from Africa. In the 1980's cadaver growth hormone was removed from the market when it was found to cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the children who were taking it. Today we have a safer recombinant form. The source of today's HGH.

At what age should HGH therapy begin?

Human growth hormone is at its highest during adolescence and begins to decline in the 20's. There are various opinions concerning the best time to begin an anti-aging therapy. For more information about the recommended age for starting HGH therapy.

Can HGH increase height in adults?

This is a question that is asked very frequently, especially by teenagers and young adults. Growth hormone may help to boost the growth rate of long bones if the person is still in their growth and development stage of life thereby increasing height. However, once the long bones have fused the only way growth hormone or any other product or supplement could increase height would be by increasing bone density. For more information about increasing height with HGH.

Can human growth hormone affect health conditions?

Yes, it can. For more information about HGH and health conditions.

Will HGH make a woman masculine?

No. HGH is not a male gonad hormone. It is a hormone for normal growth and development in all children and adolescents, and it is needed for the continued health and vitality of all adults.

HGH is also not a steroid, but it does have some steroid like effects such as increasing lean muscle and decreasing fat. HGH does not make women masculine, however, if a woman is working out with heavy weights it can enhance the benefits of the workout. Lifting heavy weights helps to build large muscles, so women wanting to firm and shape up should use low weights with more repetitions, and HGH should enhance the benefits of their workout.

Human growth hormone is known to improve the condition of the hair, return gray hair back to the original color, thicken thin hair, and increase the rate of normal hair growth, however it should not cause women to grow beards or develop hairy bodies.

Is it safe for pregnant women to take HGH supplements?

At this time we are unaware of any clinical studies that show human growth hormone therapy to be safe for use during pregnancy. Pregnant women should not take any type of health product or supplement unless it is specifically approved by their doctor.

Does HGH help to improve libido and sexual function?

Human growth hormone is known to improve libido, and it may have a positive effect on other hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. We have had numerous positive reports from men and women in this regard. In fact, if a couple seems to no longer be as interested in sex and one of them decides to take HGH therapy their partner may also wish to consider it. The reason is because the one having the therapy will probably become more interested in sex.

Can HGH improve the symptoms of menopause?

It may. For more information please see our page about HGH and menopause.

Some claim that only the injections are effective, is that true?

As a registered nurse for over 38 years, the last 22 of those years being spent working with human growth hormone therapies I tell you this is absolutely NOT true! All anyone has to do is read any of the books written by researchers of human growth hormone. Article: Are Only the Injections Effective?

Can HGH supplements make the pituitary gland lazy?

Only the HGH injections can cause the pituitary gland to become lazy because only they can provide all the growth hormone the body needs. If the body receives all the HGH it needs through injection, the pituitary gland won't need to produce it. The only human growth hormone contained in any non-injection product is in homeopathic form and should work with the pituitary gland rather than make it lazy. For this reason all non-injection products cannot cause the pituitary gland to become lazy. More information: How Homeopathic HGH Sprays Work.

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PLEASE NOTE: The information provided here is not meant to be medical advice. Please consult your private healthcare provider.