The human growth hormone is produced and secreted by the pituitary gland and is responsible for a number of functions in the body. When the HGH levels decline because of age or when there is a deficiency among young children there are numerous conditions that are likely to present themselves. HGH treatment has been in use since the early 1950s when the only way of getting extra HGH was through raiding cadavers for treatment especially for children with stunted growth. This treatment was stopped when it was discovered that it could be contaminated with agents causing Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. It was not until 1985 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of USA approved the use of synthetic HGH for the treatment of condition such as:
- Human Growth Hormone Deficiency
- Turner’s syndrome
- Chronic renal insufficiency
- Intrauterine growth retardation
- Prader-Willi syndrome
- Continued height deficit at puberty
FDA approval for HGH treatment methods
The pharmaceutical industry is very keen in the treatment of many conditions using HGH therapy. Some of these conditions include fibromyalgia, obesity, chronic fatigue syndrome, anti aging related conditions, as well as a booster for athletic performance. However most of these treatments have been slowed down because they are still awaiting approval by FDA. This organization only approves products after spending a considerable amount of time on research purposes so that they only give approval for stuff that is fit for human consumption.
OTC human growth hormone products
There are numerous HGH products whose safety is not yet approved by FDA ad as such it remains illegal for anyone to trade those products as medicine or even diet supplements. There are also quite a number of homeopathic products whose marketers claim they contain HGH and which are also sold over the counter. Selling and buying such products is also illegal because they basically lack approval from FDA regulations on HGH.
Risks you avoid
When you abstain from using HGH products that have not been approved by FDA you will be protecting yourself from some potential risk situations and a number of side effects. Many HGH products have some side effects such as the swelling of the feet and hands as well as musculoskeletal pain. There are also possibilities of developing conditions such as the carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, an impairment of thyroid function, and an increase of glucose level and insulin resistance. Other related conditions include gynecomastia, intracranial high blood pressure among many others.
The use of OTC human growth hormone products also has some potential side effects which include abnormal growth on the forehead, the feet and the hands; the thickening of the skin and an overgrowth of the elbows and the jaws as well as resistance to insulin. There isn’t sufficient research though on the real impact of these products and in cases such as these the best policy should “better safe than sorry”. You must know all the risks you are putting yourself into when using HGH medicines.