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Human Growth Hormone and Adolescence

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.
  • Edema.
  • 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.

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19 Responses to Human Growth Hormone and Adolescence

  1. naomi says:

    I think teens taking any kind of performance enhancing drug us wrong. I know how hard it is to be a teenager and how impatient one can be, but people have to think about the long term effects of these drugs.

  2. khalil tyl says:

    teenagers that are taking HGH to increase their height even if they don’t need it might get a dishonest disadvantage over other kids that are not using HGH. I think I read somewhere that some parents are now giving kids HGH not because they need it but because their parents want them to be better athletes.

  3. Zaim says:

    What about HGH Supplement after puberty or in the end of puberty 16-17 years old ?
    Can someone tell me which nutrient can substitute for HGH supplements?

  4. John Smith says:

    Nowadays many more kids are a foot taller than their fathers, but swear they have not taken HGH. What a joke!!!

  5. Bob Duncan says:

    The stunted growth part is total nonsense. They will definitely grow taller because their growth plates have not fused, this means the HGH will grow everything.

  6. aaron steele says:

    i’m a 5’4 1/2 15 year old who is an aspiring soccer player and just trying to give myself a fighting chance against these guys who are 6’0+. is that wrong? every single day at school i hear that i’m short. that’s the only bad thing people can say about me and it kills my confidence. and height is a scientifically more desired trait by men and women

  7. Dai says:

    Can you get injections into the buttocks if your trying to get a bigger butt?

  8. Teen15 says:

    I’m 15 but have stunted growth from Ulcerative Collitus so is HGH a good solution to grow to my full potential.

    • Boymomof2 says:

      How much hgh do you take? My son suffers from Crohn’s and he dropped from the 96% to the 41% in height since his diagnosis three years ago.

  9. Siesta says:

    I’m a girl. 16. 5’2. Is it ok for me to take HGH for further growth? I wanna be 5’6 at the very least.(started puberty 6 months before 14).

  10. Vinic says:

    i’m 16 and 5’7.
    I’d like so much to be 6’0 or a little taller
    What about taking a very small amount, that will not prejudice the body but will help instead?

  11. CAMERON W BECK says:

    What is the longest term study in years that’s been done on the effects of HGH on the body?

  12. Jackenstein says:

    I agree, taking performance enhancing drugs in teenagers is not advisable, but I have to say as a physician, athlete, educator and writer, a person who has spent much research in this area, treating and discussing this treatment option for people, much of what is said about HGH here is just not true. The real question we still are not sure of answers to is: does using manufactured HGH inhibit the normal feedback axis of that teenagers normal HGH release? In other words, by giving the growing teen HGH, will it shut down or lower the bodies response to providing natural HGH? Other than that, the same benefits occur as with a 30 or 50 year old. Sure overdosing in large quantities may cause acromegaly, but any kind of overdose of anything is harmful. who is planning on doing that? Seems like a scare tactic to me. The answer to shutting down the bodies own production is not yet answered and maybe never will be. Why? there are just no good studies because nobody does this or admits to taking it. It also depends on the length of time HGH is given. Given intermittently and for short bursts is unlikely to hamper the HGH production feedback system, at least not for very long and highly unlikely forever. My advise: Don’t do it. But you know what? Teenagers and their parents will. To prevent harm, we should be giving proven information not a load of crap. If you do decide to use it, go low, and short, say, no more than I unit and every other day for no more than a month. If you are lucky, however, the average height gain even by those prescribed HGH for growth deficiency problems is 2 inches.

  13. Nugtug says:

    I’m 6’4 and I can’t relate

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