Does HGH Really Work?
What is HGH?
Before we can answer whether or not HGH (also known as human growth hormone) is effective, we have to ask what it does and what it is used for.
Human growth hormone is a naturally occurring hormone produced in the pituitary gland, and is instrumental in the growth and development of children and adolescents, as well as a great many things in adults, such as maintaining proper blood sugar levels, regulating the metabolism of fat, ensuring the proper density of bones, creating strength and endurance, and even providing emotional stability.
HGH occurs naturally within the human body, and it has also been created biosynthetically. Especially through the latter, HGH is used for therapeutic (primarily for the above-named necessities) and cosmetic (primarily for anti-ageing and for increasing body mass purposes). It is especially pertinent and relevant in the treatment of AGHD or adult growth hormone deficiency, in which the pituitary gland is not creating sufficient amounts of the naturally occurring HGH.
Symptoms of AGHD include weariness, low energy levels, slow muscle healing, and slow healing in general. It is important that you do not self-diagnose and that you go through a doctor for treatment. Such treatment is widely available, especially for those over the age of 35.
How does HGH work?
As implied above, the natural version of HGH (i.e., that which is created by the human body) works by allowing the growth and replication of cells within the human body, resulting in growing muscles, stronger bones and the development of internal organs. Sometimes the human body creates either too little of HGH or too much of it, resulting in a person being a dwarf, midget or short-statured person, or becoming a giant.
The biosynthetic version of HGH works as being an injection into the muscle and passing into the bloodstream, with the same results of growth and replication of cells. However, it cannot be guaranteed to work 100%, 100% of the time. If you do have a deficiency in the production of growth hormone then you will become better and have a more normal and active life, although some chronic symptoms of the deficiency may still remain.
Moreover, there can be serious side effects, especially when it is used in abundance and for long periods of time, and without the guidance and supervision of a medical doctor.
However, HGH therapy cannot work when it is ingested or sprayed under the tongue. HGH therapy also cannot work as over-the-counter supplements which are ineffective and/or illegal as HGH can be legally obtained only through a doctor’s prescription. These OTC versions often make false and misleading health claims.
HGH and scientific studies
There have been a great many studies and clinical trials on HGH, almost all of which verify the effectiveness of HGH therapy. One such study was conducted on elderly individuals. It showed that HGH increases leanness and reduces fat, improves bone density, increases strength and power, and even leads to younger-looking and firmer skin. In other words, it works very well as an anti-ageing product on the aged.
It is hypothesized that HGH can result in a person looking 10 to 15 years younger, and reverse many ageing-related conditions. However, there is not yet a sufficient amount of studies corroborating that it lengthens a person's life or improves general health (other than the specific purposes stated at the beginning of this article. What biosynthetic HGH therapy does excel at is to increase muscle mass.
The pharmaceutical industry is hard at work at creating HGH products that incorporate amino acids and more closely mimics the natural HGH in the body.