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HGH or human growth hormone is produced naturally by the pituitary gland. How does HGH affect growing teenagers? HGH and growing teens go together like Mexico and sun. That’s because the highest levels of HGH are produced by the pituitary gland during puberty and the maturing process where muscles, bones, and organs are developing the most. That’s why HGH and teens can be a bad mix.
Today’s synthetic human growth hormone is often produced and it can be legally prescribed to children who have growing disorders. It is administered through an injection into the body. Many athletes turn to HGH injections for increased performance, and many adults take an HGH supplement such as Genf20 Plus, Somatropinne, Sytropin and Genfx to stave away the signs of aging. But what would the effect of HGH be on a growing teen? Dangerous! Perhaps deadly, unless given under the supervision of a doctor for a medical condition.
Teens already have sufficient HGH levels in their growing bodies. Sadly, today’s teenager is under a lot of peer pressure to be stronger, more muscular, slimmer, better at sports, and so goes the list on and on. Teens have it tough, and so it’s no surprise that some decide to take HGH, ignoring all the warnings about taking HGH as a teenager.
Teens can suffer side effects like Acromegaly, which is the result of an HGH overdose. Remember teens already have adequate HGH levels so when they choose to take an HGH supplement they are at high risk of overdosing. Acromegaly causes a person’s face and hands to grow abnormally big. Other risk factors include developing cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. Teens can also develop long-term stunted growth, which is exactly the opposite of what they hope to achieve.
Other side effects teenagers are at risk of developing include:
- Discomfort of the musculoskeletal area. Muscle and joint stiffness and pain in the feet and hands.
- Abnormal facial hair growth.
- Imbalance of the hormones thus bringing forth infertility, stroke, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and tumors (yes in teenagers).
- Breast enlargement in teen boys.
- Increased risk of diabetes.
More and more athletes are turning to HGH and the International Olympic Committee along with other major sports leagues have recently banned the use of HGH. More and more athletes are failing drug tests because of HGH. There is pressure to create stronger bans, specifically where adolescents are involved.
HGH is very difficult to detect in drug tests because it is naturally produced by the body, and teens have higher levels to begin with. The National Institute on Drug Abuse stated that approximately 8% to 10% of high school students have experimented with anabolic steroids. But remember HGH is not actually an anabolic steroid.
The concern here is that legislative bodies will use the concern over teen usage of HGH to restrict adult access, and that would be disappointing since there is a great deal of research that shows just how beneficial HGH can be to the adult population and in slowing the aging process and conditions associated with aging.
HGH injections can also negatively affect the emotional state of teens. It has a high rate of accelerated aggression, which can cause problems at school and at home. Human growth hormone can also lead to an increase in acne, a problem that already plagues 80% of all teens.
HGH is not addictive, and it is not dangerous even for children when given under the supervision of a doctor for specific growth related conditions. HGH is safe for adults and has many benefits. And while many medical professionals would like to have you believe HGH is not safe, that would be contradictory since we use it as a treatment of children.
However, parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone else who interact with teens needs to have an open dialogue with teens about the side effects of HGH injections and the dangers for teens who chose to take HGH, because generally teenagers already have high levels of HGH in their body.
Taking HGH supplements, (not the injections) can be a safe, but should always be done under the supervision of a clinician. In adults, HGH can reduce the signs of aging. There are a number of major benefits. You will feel better, look better, and have more energy. However, if you have a severe depletion of HGH, you should see your doctor, and have an open discussion about HGH injections.