Human growth hormone is notorious for its anti-aging benefits. However, as with any “miracle” drug, there is usually a downside. For HGH, the downside is that the medicine could cause some serious side effects.
When used as directed by a doctor, the side effects of HGH are usually mild. It is common for patients getting HGH injections to have a dermatological reaction at the spot where they were injected. Also, HGH is associated with inflammation. In some ways, inflammation is a positive effect of HGH. Cells become inflamed with water and wrinkles disappear. However, the swelling can also occur in the wrists, joints, and muscles.
This inflammation is what is behind the side effects of carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, both of which are associated with HGH. Also, HGH treatment has been associated with an increased chance of diabetes. This is because HGH affects the way sugar is metabolized. Note that this is what also causes weight loss as a benefit of HGH. As you can see, the benefits and downsides to HGH are closely linked together.
If too much HGH is in the body over a long period of time, then a condition called acromegaly could occur. This condition involves a thickening of the bones and can cause an unusually large jaw, fingers or toes. While this condition isn’t always detrimental to health, it can be unattractive. Excess HGH may also lead to sexual dysfunction, increased perspiration, and weakened muscles. Note that these side effects will only in very rare cases occur due to excess HGH. It is more common for them to occur when the body naturally produces too much growth hormone, such as due to pituitary damage.
In order for a medicine to get FDA approval, its benefits must outweigh the health risks. Because the FDA does not consider anti-aging a necessary benefit, HGH has not been approved for this purpose. You will only be able to take HGH if you have a prescription for the medicine due to medical conditions, such as chronic kidney failure. It is illegal to take HGH without a prescription in most westernized countries.
Those wanting to take HGH for its anti-aging effects should look into HGH supplements instead. HGH supplements do not actually contain HGH. Instead, they encourage the body to produce more of its own natural growth hormone. HGH supplements (also called HGH stimulators) are considered safe to use and can be bought without a prescription. Since HGH supplements trigger you to make more natural growth hormone, they have fewer side effects than the synthetic HGH. Many patients taking HGH do not experience any adverse effects at all. However, it is possible to have the same side effects from HGH supplements as with HGH (carpal tunnel syndrome, inflammation, etc). If side effects occur from HGH supplements though, they are usually mild compared to those from HGH therapy.