The Pros and Cons of Synthesized HGH
Unlike synthesized HGH, growth hormone (GH) is a natural hormone that controls the growth of the body. It is a polypeptide hormone that is synthesized and stored in the pituitary gland. Too little release of the hormone by the body causes dwarfism and an excessive release causes giantism or acromegaly. It is essential to maintain a healthy balance to regulate the metabolism of fatty acids, control the longitudinal growth of bones in the hands and feet, and the synthesis of protein in the muscles of the body. This hormone is used to treat growth disorders in adults and children.
In growth hormone deficient patients, growth hormone (GH) has been shown to decrease body fat and increase muscle mass, energy levels, bone density and sexual function. It also improves the immune system which protects the body from diseases.
The Development of Synthetic HGH
During the 1930’s, Dr. Choh Hao Li sought to isolate hormones in the Experimental Biology Laboratory of the University of California. By 1971, using the pituitary glands of human cadavers, he isolated six out of eight known hormones. He won many awards for his work. During this time, he successfully synthesized HGH from cadavers. By 1985, Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, a fatal neurological disorder, was linked to the use of cadaver derived HGH and it was removed from the market.
In 1985, the pituitary derived human growth hormone was replaced by a synthetic HGH, which has proven to be relatively safe when used properly. Due to the remarkable improvements in the functioning of the body of GH deficient patients, otherwise healthy people started a demand for this synthetic HGH to use as a battle against aging and weight management.
Athletes and Synthetic HGH
Athletes have made this hormone famous. Since the 1970s, those who wanted to improve muscle mass, strength and reduce body fat began to use the synthetic HGH. It is sometimes used by competitors in sports events even though it has been declared illegal by the IOC and NCAA. Until the early 2000s, traditional urine tests could not detect the difference between natural and artificial HGH. When using the hormone, some of the following improvements may be noted:
Increase of protein synthesis.
Short-term uptake of glucose to muscles and liver.
Improvement in growth of connective tissue.
Increase in red blood cells.
Improvement in heart function.
Increase in energy level by stimulating the breakdown of fat.
Improvement in eyesight, sleep and sexual activities.
Synthesized HGH has been legally used by doctors, in combination with anabolic steroids, to treat athletic injuries because it stimulates the growth of cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bones. This decreases the severity of the injuries and improves the healing process.
While synthetic HGH can dramatically improve some bodily functions, it is extremely dangerous due to its devastating side effects such as acromegaly, which leads to the thickness of the bones and malformations. The following are some of the other adverse effects:
Hypertrophied growth of bones, head, hands and legs.
Decrease in sexual desire.
Abnormal growth of major organs and glands.
Synthesized HGH can be useful for growth disorders in children, adults and for treatment of some injuries. It can be dangerous if personally used without the guidance of a reputable doctor.