HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Effects

July 3rd, 2007 by Paul Johnson

HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is a very powerful hormone to bodybuilders. Everyone seems to focus on the effects of testosterone, but it is not the whole story. Growth Hormone has a synergistic effect with testosterone and has it’s own intrinsic muscle building and fat loss properties. This may be why many pro-bodybuilders and athletes use it in combination with their steroid cycle regimen.

HGH Effects on Body:

Human Growth Hormone is produced from the pituitary gland in the brain. It is was causes our body to grow from a child size to an adult. Those with GH problems have to take GH injections as a kid in order to grow. On the flipside those suffering from “Giantism” (Very tall at a young age) have too much secretion of GH. Too much GH in the body can cause you to grow to abnormal size and proportions and cause harmful side effects.

HGH and Bodybuilding:

Bodybuilders take GH because they believe it will increase muscle, strength, and burn fat. Athletes use it because they know it will evade detection by steroid tests.

Does Growth Hormone work?

Bodybuilders spend thousands of dollars a month thinking Growth hormone works. Older individuals use it as a holy grail for the fountain of youth. I recently wrote a seperate in-depth article on these issues: Does Growth Hormone Work? that I encourage to you read.

Short Term Side Effects from HGH Abuse:

HGH abuse would be in the cases of bodybuilders taking supraphysiological does for cycles, like they do with steroids. Short term abuse side effects of HGH, likely appears to be more dramatic and serious than with testosterone.

Acromegaly is the name of a disease that is caused by too much HGH in the body. It is the overgrowth of the bones and connective tissue causing a portruding jaw and eyebrows. You will start to look like a “cro magnon” man. Your hands and feet become abnormally large and your internal organs grow, including your heart, which is irreversible. Liver and Thyroid damage and low insulin levels are also possible side effects of abuse. You may also possibly be putting yourself at risk of cancers and other health effects.

Long term health effects of growth hormone replacement therapy:

Despite the claims of the anti-aging bandwagon for growth hormone there is no real scientific evidence that growth hormone can improve your lifespan or health. In fact, some studies suggest that lifespan may be shortened due to higher natural levels of growth hormone in the body.

Many people are cautious of using it as a replacement therapy for older individuals because many doctors claim that HGH will cause cancer. The best evidence that we have against this notion is from the work of Dr. Chen and Dr. Terry. Chen and Terry who run a clinic where they perform HGH injections. From 1994 – 1996 they treated more than 800 patients with HGH injections. There have not been any reports of cancer from any of the patients.

Dr. Terry stated in Grow Young with HGH,

"With 800 people over the age of about 40, you would think that given normal incidence rate of cancer, some of these people would get cancer. It could be that there is some sort of protective effect from growth hormone replacement."

Some studies have even showed no increased risk of cancer from growth hormone supplementation. However, there is many conflicting studies for growth hormone for it’s role in causing cancer and it’s effect on the cardiovascular system. Many studies are not even sure the exact roles of how GH interacts with IGF-1 or IGF-11 in forming cancer. In one study of HIV patients who were on growth hormone long term, the majority had higher pancreatic enzymes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and higher blood glucose levels.

The best answer at this time is science doesn’t really know for sure the long term health effects of growth hormone replacement therapy. There really isn’t enough research out there to find a definitive answer for all possible side effects and risks with growth hormone.

  1. Nasru on October 18th, 2007

    I have found few blogs having good content. And I think you are doing a very good work buddy. Keep up your work. This post was really a nice piece of your work.

  2. Rere HGH Supplement Reviewer on December 1st, 2007

    A very unbias article you wrote there mate, not only persuade people to know better about the benefits of human growth hormones but also told us about the possibility of side effects. Good work mate, I enjoyed it.

  3. Suzanne Hamrick on October 9th, 2008

    if hgh causes your blood sugar to rise would stopping hgh cause it to reverse to normal?

  4. HGH on November 18th, 2008

    hgh can be very powerful for bodybuilders. has great benefits as well as side effects.

  5. Jeffn on April 1st, 2009

    Just because the long term effects (if any) of HGH arent’ known does not make HGH products a bad idea. HGH supplements have only been used for anti aging purposes within the last two decades.

  6. mark c on July 3rd, 2009

    *** Just because the long term effects (if any) of HGH arent’ known does not make HGH products a bad idea ***

    Uh, actually that pretty much makes them a bad idea by definition, brainiac.

  7. jared on November 17th, 2009

    I am writing a paper on the interations of growth hormone, testosterone and either insulin or calcitonin and their effects on growth. I am haveing trouble finding sourses (journals) just wondering if you could point me in a direction

  8. Ben on December 3rd, 2009

    Its nice to see a good article on this subject

  9. peptides on December 4th, 2009

    ive gone hgh cycles many times..without a problems..high dosages..but its individually…better to source or consult with doc first…I did the same…

  10. Babysuperman on December 5th, 2009

    It terms of the side effects:
    I did a year cycle at 3.33 IU each day.
    I without a doubt grew in my jaw and brow ridge.
    Muscle mass I had grown deflated some despite the claims.
    I retained a deal of water too.
    This went away after I discontinued use.
    My belly grew more gorilla like.
    Although I already have a wide frame.
    I never got sick the entire year!
    I had done some serious damage to my brain with stimulants.
    I think HGH may have improved my brain power.
    Then again, maybe it was time?
    My guess is this shit boosts estrogen too.
    I noticed some estro qualities.
    Hair thickened.

  11. Babysuperman on December 5th, 2009

    Another thing, I went diabetic after I discontinued usage.
    This lasted for 3-4 months.
    Improved with ZMA and trib.
    In fact, to anyone about to try HGH, try buying ZMA and A-AKG first.
    Bodybuilding.com will do this super cheap.

  12. randall kennedy on December 24th, 2009

    You are an idiot. It is morons like you that perpetuate the
    misinformation concerning hgh and anabolic androgenic

    I will not waste my time dignifying your abortion of a blog
    with an in depth response. I will however, address one of
    your erroneous side effects, acromegaly. Hgh doesn’t
    cause this disease. You must have a predisposition for
    this extremely rare condition and then and only then, can
    hgh accelerate the condition.

  13. Garrett on January 8th, 2010

    I would disagree with you mark. Given that near all side effects to be documented at this point have been positive. Would you call 20 years of smoking “Short Term”? Just about anything that is good for you, if taken in excess, will lead to less than desireable outcomes. Vitamin-A helps repair damaged tissue in your digestive tract along with respiratory functions. Too much Vitamin-A and your liver is shot and bones begin to deform. Iron helps transport oxygen to red blood cells. Too much Iron and your blood cells burst resulting in death. Point is that moderation is the key with HGH. I would say that side effects steming from 20 years of use would qualify in my book as “Long Term”.

  14. lee on January 11th, 2010

    after only a 5 wk course of approx 8ius of hgh i have noticed numbness in hands.possibly the start carpal tunnel syndrome.this is definately a warning to me that although my lean mass gains of muscle were amazing,i kinds need the feeling in my hands!!!!!!!

  15. umar on January 19th, 2010

    hgh is the best thing u can get if u get some make sure u take it you will have the best body in the gym and it will stay not like the rest of the time wasting things

  16. Taylor Edwards on January 27th, 2010

    So i have a question what kind of effects do growth hormones have on your heart, lungs, and brain.

  17. amin on January 30th, 2010

    i have studied in forums , that HGH causes reverse in aging, actually your white hair goes back to black and so on. so i want to try, but iam scared to do it

  18. Ryan@ Human Growth Hormone on February 6th, 2010

    Nice article on human growth hormone.. thanks for sharing!!

  19. John on March 14th, 2010

    If someone were to go on a two week cycle, just to lose weight and gain muscle from training, would it still be risky?

  20. Mario on March 22nd, 2010

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  21. George on March 25th, 2010

    I have been taking GH for over three years non-stop, very low dose, it has helped me stay cut but have experienced no other effects. Recently I have started experiencing joint pain mainly in my knees and hips. Will there be drastic changes in my physique if I stop taking GH? Would it effect my pituitary gland?

  22. jonathan on April 16th, 2010

    Unbiased you have to focus on one thing which is side effects givin accuarate detail and name of clinic web sites so people can reasearch you done pretty bad in you research but it was not bad after all HGH do have side effects make more research !

  23. dillon owens on May 5th, 2010

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  25. vasantha on June 18th, 2010

    It has triggered serious hyperpigmentation of the skin. I am very unhappy.

  26. Damien Mostert on July 19th, 2010

    I took HGH from the age of 7 – 17.
    I was very lucky to get it.
    I look younger than what I really am, but that could be genetic.
    It also made me very very strong.
    I didn’t eat very much and had anger issues.
    I also had trouble concentrating and mussle pains.
    HGH is “the devil you know”.

  27. vince hernandez on July 20th, 2010

    If u have gram mal seizures will it activite more episodes or is helpful, and nothing to worry about

  28. Tony on July 28th, 2010

    Hi everybody,

    i recently ruptured my patella tendon. I was told that HGH could help me heal faster and stronger. Could you guys please tell me which HGH brand to buy. Ive been searching for the right product, but havent yet found one.



  29. Poonis on August 18th, 2010

    Just stack d-bol with deca… screw HGH

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  31. Mike on September 24th, 2010

    You can’t get something for nothing.
    Hopefully the price is not directly proportionate.

  32. d ahmet on October 28th, 2010

    When taking human growth hormones remember it will make you hold more water taking tamoxifen to stop the effects of estrogen is a good idea. Keep monitor yourself, if your worried about a possible side effect stop using the hgh. Investigate the possible cause then continue once your happy with the explination.

  33. August on December 13th, 2010

    does it make you taller

  34. KickMoney on December 15th, 2010

    This is a question for the guy who wrote this who i believe is called paul, im 14.5, im 5’6 and my growth seems to have slowed down i havent grown in the last year, but if i was to start taking hgh how much wud i need to take for me to boost my growth by about 3 inches? and plus if i was to start taking it and i took very small amount of hgh moderatley so i wasnt abusing it wud my body grow propotionally or not. and wud i get any of the bad side effects.

  35. jason w on January 13th, 2011

    you are all so gayy i hope you all die!!!!!!!!!!

  36. buyhgh on January 30th, 2011

    taking hgh will definitely increase your muscle mass and tissues especially for body builders. there is a site that you can buy hgh online, for those who want to try taking it.

  37. zac on February 7th, 2011

    just wanted to point out what i have noticed, i have a friend who is a doctor and he explained to me that he was dealing with a couple of patience who have been using hgh in the past 7 years and they have heart problems which he believes is due to the HGH, also i think it is illegal in britain and banned in some other countrys as sylvestor stallone recently found out, im sure if countrys have banned its use, (except for medical reasons) then that would surley be a sign that it cant be good for you?

  38. paulonne on February 23rd, 2011

    I would like to get more information on HGH