• Our bodies produce human growth hormone (HGH) to promote healthy growth as children and maintain organ and tissue function throughout life. As we age, our bodies produce less HGH, prompting some to opt for synthetic injections in an effort to slow aging. Evidence suggests this might be a dangerous route.

    Heart Problems

    HGH use can cause an enlarged heart. In athletes who use HGH as a performance-enhancing drug, this condition can become worse and heart disease can develop because anabolic steroids are commonly used in conjunction with HGH as a so-called "supplement cocktail."

    Side Effects

    Other side effects of HGH use include diabetes, swelling in the arms and legs, muscle and joint pain, enlarged breast tissue in men and damaging skeletal changes.

    Other Side Effects

    Even when not used improperly (by athletes or to reverse aging), HGH can have negative side effects. When used in children with growth problems, HGH can cause problems ranging from swelling to carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Dangers for Health Children

    When given to a normally developing child, HGH can cause diabetes, poor bone and organ growth, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.


    Another danger of HGH is not a direct physical side effect. Rather HGH supplementation can be a drain on your pocketbook, costing as much as $4,000 per month.


    Mayo Clinic: HGH and Aging

    Evergreen University: Report on HGH

    Vanderbilt University: Health Psychology Webpage on HGH

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