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Using Human Growth Hormones

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 1 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Humangrowth Hormone; Pitiuitary Gland;

Like many naturally occurring substances, hormones are now being used to help performers enhance their abilities. Human growth hormones are released from the pituitary gland located in the brain.

What Exactly Are Human Growth Hormones?

Human growth hormones are produced in the pituitary gland and exist to allow the human body to grow by developing bones, cartilage and muscles. It is produced in greater supply when we are young and growing but is still supplied through adult hood to a lesser degree as it is needed to assist some metabolic processes.

How Do They Improve Performance?

These hormones can help people in many ways. It can help to restore muscle that has been damaged through injury, aiding a speedier recovery and can also build muscle size and strength of existing muscle. It works better for those who need their energy in short sharp powerful blasts and is not much benefit to those who participate in endurance events.This substance is banned if taken as a supplement for a non-medical disorder, though it can be difficult to detect as it occurs naturally so is present in all humans.As it is available by prescription only for medical problems, it is also illegal to obtain the substance using a false prescription.

How Is It Taken?

Human growth hormone is taken as a spray or most commonly as an injected substance and it can be extracted from the pituitary glands of the deceased, though this is not at all common in the UK any longer, or can be made synthetically.This particular type of hormone can be naturally increased as diet, exercise and sleeping patterns all affect the secretion rate, so by adhering to a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and lots of sleep, a person can increase the amount of human growth hormone that they produce naturally, eliminating the need to take a supplement.

Potential Risks And Side-Effects

Taking supplementary doses of human growth hormone can alter the structure of some of the skeletal frame and affects the facial bones and the hands and feet the most; this condition is called acromegaly. Some of the major organs in the body can also become enlarged, including the heart and liver which can then lead to potentially fatal complications.Another risk is the chances of developing CJD, but this only affects those who use naturally human growth hormone and is not a risk for those using synthetic varieties.As it is taken as an injection, there are several risks of infection due to the use of needles, especially if they are shared or not disposed of correctly.If human growth hormone is taken as a spray it is thought to be virtually ineffective and can be even more dangerous due to the ingredients that need to be added to be able to manufacture it as a spray.

Human growth hormone is a substance released naturally in the body and is essential for the growth and development of the human body. It is in plentiful supply in children decreasing with age, and is abused by sports people because of its potential effects on muscle development.

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