HGH has been used for a long time by many professional athletes. Since this hormone is produced naturally in the body, the side effects from its administration are quite rare and arise mainly when using large doses over a long period of time.
Possible side effects of taking growth hormone:
Tunnel syndrome - characterized by pain and numbness in the extremities. The main reason for such manifestations is an increase in the volume of muscles that begin to squeeze peripheral nerves. As a rule, this syndrome disappears with a decrease in dosages.
Fluid accumulation in muscles - this side effect is inherent in many hormonal drugs (used for anabolic purposes). Try to minimize this effect by reducing consumption of salty foods and giving up alcohol.
Increased blood pressure. Eliminates either by reducing dosages of growth hormone, or by taking antihypertensive drugs.
Oppression of the thyroid gland function is weak. To eliminate it, on a course of reception of a growth hormone it is recommended to accept the Thyroxine (25 mkg a day). It is worth noting that after the course ends the function of the thyroid gland is completely restored.
Hyperglycemia is an increase in the level of sugar in the blood. This side effect is eliminated with the help of an additional intake of insulin or drugs that stimulate the pancreas (for example, Diabeton).
Acromegaly - observed when using elevated doses of growth hormone for a long period of time. At observance of moderate doses does not meet.
Hypertrophy (increase) of internal organs - occurs only in the case of very large doses of growth hormone.
The side effects of growth hormone, not confirmed by official science:
Increase of abdomen.
There is an opinion that the intake of growth hormone over time leads to an increase in the abdomen (due to the hyperplasia of the internal organs due to the receptors of IGF-1). At present, this fact is not confirmed by science, but the experience of some professional bodybuilders shows that this can be the case. Experts explain this by the fact that many professionals take large doses of growth hormone in combination with other anabolic steroid, which indirectly can affect the increase in the abdomen.
Impotence and infertility.
According to research, the use of GR in an anabolic manner did not lead to pathological changes in sexual function.
Suppression of the production of its own growth hormone.
According to studies by professors Elmer M. and Cranton M., in more than 100 patients taking growth hormone, there was no suppression of the function of intrinsic GR production.
Development of tumors.
There is an opinion that the intake of growth hormone can accelerate the division of cancer cells. Wishing to verify this fact, the researchers conducted a study, which found that patients suffering from tumors and undergoing growth hormone treatment did not experience deterioration.
Taking any hormonal drugs for anabolic purposes leads to irreversible effects on the body. Safe steroids are not and can not be. The use of these drugs to build muscle mass and strength can be justified only if the athlete earns performances with money or has the status of a professional (which is generally the same thing), soberly aware of the consequences of such a sporting career.