HGH Side Effects

Human growth hormone is a natural chemical produced by the pituitary gland in the human body that regulates height. In the past ten years, it has seen an enormous rise in popularity fueled by a commercial supplement industry peddling it as an alleged anti-aging drug. But are there any dangers in taking it? Especially as an unregulated supplement? In this article, we'll look at the evidence that exists regarding HGH side effects.

The 1990 scientific study in the New England Journal of Medicine that sparked the anti-aging boom of HGH examined only 21 subjects, and safety was not established nor could be established with a sampling of that size. To date, there have not been many conclusive studies on the longterm effects of HGH supplementation, but there is concern about possible cancer risk.

For instance, some evidence points to a fourfold increase in prostate cancer risk in elderly men with a high level of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which is one of the byproducts of HGH. IGF-1 is also commonly used in athletic pursuits as it relates to muscle growth. In addition to this, not all HGH products are created equal.

And this is one of the unfortunate products of an unregulated industry. Supplement manufacturers can be creative about their claims as to the contents of their product, and HGH supplements may contain varying amounts of synthetic growth hormone, with varying amounts of accuracy on their labels. In short, you never really know what you're getting.

While in the short-run HGH doesn't appear be causing very many problems, it does have a few side effects you should know about. Some of the potential problems include joint pain and water retention, in a small percentage of users.

While the evidence is not strong for negative consequences of HGH supplementation, keep in mind that it is a hormone and hormones may have long-term consequences that are not testable in short-term scientific experiments. Side effects can also occur, causing joint pain and swelling. In addition, please be aware of the potential for ending up with a supplement that does not even contain appreciable amounts of HGH.