Human growth hormone, or HGH as it is commonly known, is produced by the pituitary gland and promotes growth in children and adolescents. It is also a hormone that regulates body fluids, body composition, the metabolism of of fat and sugar, and muscle and bone growth. There is some evidence that it also helps to regulate heart function. HGH can be synthetically produced and is found in a number of prescription drugs that are available online.
Over the past several years, HGH has been used by athletes for performance enhancement, and a growing cloud of controversy still surrounds its use and overall effects on the human body.
One potential problem of obtaining the hormone from unverified sources, is that it can be extracted from the pancreas of a cadaver. This is an ideal way to transfer a whole variety of diseases. Taking any part of any organ of a cadaver is certainly a recipe for disaster.
Most of the side effects that are detrimental come from use of the hormone for longer periods of time than normally recommended. These side effects would include extended belly fat, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, hypoglycemia, and aromeglia (abnorman bone growth). The aromeglia is more of a problem with young people, whose bones are still in a growing stage. Once bones reach their normal growth pattern in adults, the ends fuse and further growth is not possible.
Another side effect of overuse of HGH is gynecomastia, which is an abnormally large growth of the breast tissues in males. This can be a cause of embarrassment for the male, as well the cause of increased risk for male breast cancer.
Other studies have shown that consistent use of HGH over a period of time increases the risk of diabetes in subjects that have taken the hormone in higher doses. The studies were primarily done with body builders and athletes that used the hormone primarily for increased strength, energy, and endurance purposes.
There is some statistical information that extended use of HGH primarily for sports and body building purposes, show tendencies for increased colon cancer and prostate cancer. These tendencies go along with the history that follows the development of cancers follow the intake into the body of foreign and abnormal substances, that counter the natural functions of the body.
It stands to reason that when HGH is taken from a physician in the course of treatment backed by sound medical science, is one thing, but when taken ad hoc without any medical backup, is another.