Brief Overview of hGH
Just as testosterone is safe and well-tolerated when part of a TRT protocol, Human Growth Hormone (HGH) can be administered safely, when medically indicated under qualified clinical supervision. However, there are health risks associated with the use of HGH when it is not medically necessary or if it comes from dubious origin. These risks include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Pain in joints and muscle tissue
- Edema (swelling) in the arms and legs
- Increased risk of insulin resistance
- Gynecomastia, swelling of breast tissue in men
According to the Mayo Clinic, the use of HGH, when it is not medically necessary, could possibly lead to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. The research on the association between HGH and these conditions is not conclusive, perhaps due to the fact that mostly short-term studies have been conducted on healthy adults who have taken HGH. As a result, the consequences of using HGH over long time periods have not been fully examined. Current research does imply that older adults may be at a higher risk than younger adults.