HGH Side Effects And Monitoring

The most common side effects of growth hormone replacement are fluid retention and joint and muscle aches, usually experienced during the first weeks of treatment. Redness and swelling at the injection site can also occur in some patients.

Growth hormone is produced naturally by the pituitary. The FDA-approved injectable version is virtually indistinguishable from its natural form, which is one reason it has been widely abused by professional athletes. Side effects are rare and generally occur when taking very high doses of HGH over a prolonged period of time. Bodybuilders who inject three and four times the recommended dose of human growth hormone can experience side effects.

More Common Side Effects Of Growth Hormone:

Soreness or redness where growth hormone is injected
In the first days and weeks of treatment, some adults may have swelling of the hands and feet (edema) and joint pain
In a person is getting too much growth hormone, he or she will have muscle and joint pain and pain or numbness in the hands from carpal syndrome; the amount of growth hormone should be reduced

Less Common Side Effects of Growth Hormone:

HGH gut syndrome is seen in bodybuilders who take very high levels of growth hormone, usually in combination with insulin and IGF1
Insulin resistance (hypoglycemia) leading to increase blood glucose can occur in some people
Acromeglia, or abnormal bone growth, is sometimes seen, primarily in bodybuilders

Contraindications For HGH Therapy:

HGH has not been found to cause cancer but it is contraindicated in people with active cancer. Low growth hormone can be an early sign of some cancers in the brain or pituitary
HGH therapy should be undertaken with care in people with severe or chronic breathing conditions
HGH therapy may need to be adjusted in patients with diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance; blood sugar needs to be monitored regularly
If you are taking insulin, steroids, or drugs for seizures, these may need to be adjusting during HGH therapy
HGH should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed
HGH should not be used by people under 30 because growth plates may not have fused

How To Manage Side Effects

The most common side effect of HGH is bloating and joint pain; these are minimized if a gradual ramp up method is followed. If these symptoms are severe, you should contact your doctor. Usually these symptoms are relieved by dropping back on the dose a bit and increasing HGH more gradually.

HGH has not been found to cause cancers or tumors, but it promotes cell renewal and growth at an accelerated rate. If you have existing, active tumors they will also grow at an accelerated rate.

HGH may suppress the production of thyroid hormones. If you have an underactive thyroid (low thyroid), this may need to be treated prior to beginning an aggressive growth hormone therapy program. Most patient with severe hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) take T3 in addition to growth hormone.

HGH opposes the action of insulin and can increase blood glucose levels, which can lead to insulin resistance or metabolic syndome in some people. To offset this, alpha lipoic acide and chromium piccinolate may be used along with medications to dispose of excess glucose and increase insulin sensitivity. In some people, additional insulin should be combined with HGH.

Ongoing Medical Supervision

Growth hormone demonstrates amazing results because it has a powerful influence in the body. Ongoing medical supervision is required by law and is a matter of common sense if you are using growth hormone as part of an overall wellness and hormone optimization program.

At the beginning of HGH therapy, you may be tested every 4 to 8 weeks in order to determine if more growth hormone is needed or less; your IGF1 level should should an increase within 8 weeks
Your blood cholesterol and bone density will be measured; these should show signs of improved
Your blood sugar levels will be monitored to determine if you are showing signs of insulin resistance
After 6 months of hormone therapy, you will be in a maintenance phase and will need less frequent monitoring; we generally see our longterm patients every 4 to 6 months
We provide hormone replacement within the context of overall hormone management; medical supervision will also determine how your testosterone (men), estrogen and progesterone (women), and other hormone levels are responding to replacement therapy

HGH Therapy is under the umbrella of AAG Health and Wellness, the world leaders in hormone management for adults. As the pioneers in treating adult hormone deficiencies to achieve optimal wellness, we are uniquely qualified to help adults of all ages regain a rich, fuller, and more satisfying quality of life. To find out if you are a candidate for growth hormone replacement therapy, please call us at 888-877-4206 or complete the contact form and a representative will get back to you.

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