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  • Human growth hormone (HGH) is a prescription drug that is injected into an individual with human growth hormone deficiency due to decreased hormone production by the pituitary gland.

    Significance

    Synthetic HGH is prescribed to people who have a natural deficiency due to conditions other than normal aging, and is not intended to treat healthy individuals with normal pituitary function.

    Considerations

    HGH production naturally declines with age; however, adults over 40 years of age that have insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) levels lower than 200 ng/ml may be diagnosed with adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) and prescribed HGH injections.

    Effects

    HGH may be prescribed to children with stunted growth to accelerate height. The laboratory created drug can be used to treat extreme obesity, with results of weight loss.

    Potential

    HGH is used to treat muscle wasting experienced by HIV and AIDS patients. HGH is effective in increasing muscle mass, bone density and energy levels, and decreases body fat.

    Warning

    Potential HGH side effects in healthy adults include joint and muscle pain, swelling of the limbs and breast enlargement in men. HGH injections may cause complications in individuals with cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

    Source:

    Mayo Clinic

    The New England Journal of Medicine

    Anti Aging Information

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