Human growth hormone (HGH) regulates your metabolism, muscle growth, bone density, tissue recovery, and energy levels. Low HGH levels in the body can lead to debilitating symptoms, which can be managed by the administration of recombinant HGH.
Recombinant HGH is a substance regulated by the FDA and its use has strict medical indications. To start HGH therapy, you must be diagnosed with one of these indications and receive a legal prescription by a medical doctor – either a general practitioner or a specialist in endocrinology.
The required documentation for a proper diagnosis and prescription includes previous medical history, growth hormone provocative test results, and pretreatment IGF-1 levels.
What for and how to get therapy
HGH therapy is an FDA-controlled substance due to its abuse potential as a performance-enhancing drug. Thus, it is not available over the counter and you must have a doctor’s prescription to obtain it legally.
A doctor, such as a general practitioner or endocrinologist, may suggest growth hormone therapy only if you have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions.
According to the FDA, HGH therapy is approved for the management of:
- Growth hormone deficiency (GHD)
- Short-bowel syndrome (SBS)
- Muscle wasting due to HIV/AIDS
If you have symptoms of GHD, your doctor will perform a complete medical exam and specific tests such as ITT. If you are diagnosed with the condition, you will receive a legal HGH prescription for the therapy.
What to expect from HGH therapy?
When you start your first HGH therapy, it will take at least a month until there are noticeable benefits. This is the period required for a sufficient effect on insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels according to clinical trials.
The levels of IGF-1 are the main indicator for the effectiveness of HGH therapy because IGF-1 mediates all of the anabolic effects of the growth hormone. GH stimulates its production by the liver, and thus IGF-1 reflects the mean levels of growth hormone in the body.
The first benefit of HGH therapy is improved body composition. HGH stimulates fat breakdown (lipolysis) in the adipose tissues around the waist and internal organs. Simultaneously the anabolic effects of IGF-1 prevent muscle wasting and might aid hypertrophy and strength gains.
During the second and third months of HGH therapy, cholesterol profile also improves. HDL levels surge while total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides are reduced.
Furthermore, there is an increase in bone mineral density which occurs 4-6 months after the onset of HGH therapy, according to evidence.
If this is not your first therapy and you have been on growth hormone before, you are likely to experience the same benefits once again, either at the same or a higher dosage. Increased bone density is the only benefit that might persist after the end of the previous therapy.
Adverse reactions occur mostly at high doses of HGH and may include:
- Water retention and edemas
- Pain in the joints
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (temporary)
- Increased insulin resistance.
- Length of the therapy
Length of the therapy
There is no specific recommendation on how long HGH therapy should last. On average it takes from 4 to 8 weeks to notice the first results of growth hormone injections. Your doctor will decide whether or not you should continue your treatment depending on its effectiveness and the adverse reactions you might have experienced.
If the condition that led to your symptoms and low GH levels is permanent, then once you quit the therapy, most if not all of your symptoms will likely return. And your GH levels will return to pretreatment levels.
Are you a candidate for the therapy?
HGH therapy is suitable for both men and women who have medical indications for it. The only difference is that women need a slightly higher dose of HGH to stimulate an adequate increase in IGF-1 because estrogen antagonizes its effects.
The best way to determine whether GH treatment is right for you is to consult with a medical specialist
At HGH Therapy Clinic we have a team of experienced doctors and endocrinologists who will carefully evaluate your symptoms and confirm if you are a candidate for HGH therapy.