Side Effects of HGH

There has been a major buzz recently about Human Growth Hormone (HGH). This hormone is naturally produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and it is responsible for the growth and maintenance of healthy cells in practically every part of the body. As we age, we produce less and less HGH. This drop in HGH levels leads to some common signs of aging such as wrinkles in the skin, loss of bone density, hair loss, and a decrease of lean muscle tissue. Recent medical studies have shown that HGH, when taken as an adult, can halt or even reverse many of these effects.

There are many ways to supplement your HGH level. You can get a prescription from your doctor for injections of pure Human Growth Hormone or you can take an over-the-counter supplement designed to raise your body’s natural production of HGH. These supplements come in capsule form, effervescent tablets, sprays, and powders.

However, the remarkable benefits of HGH treatment are not risk-free. Use of HGH injections or supplements can produce some disturbing side effects. Some of these side effects include enlarged heart or kidneys, onset of diabetes, hypoglycemia, carpal tunnel syndrome, stiff muscles and joints, numbness in the hands, nightmares, fatigue, high blood pressure, and tenderness or pain at the site of injection (only when used subcutaneously).

Before beginning any supplement program, it is always wise to consult with your doctor. In addition to the above common side effects, some patients have an allergic reaction to ingredients in HGH supplements. Signs of allergic reaction include tightness in the chest or throat, chest pain, skin rash or hives, or swollen or itchy skin. Be aware of these possible signs of allergic reaction and immediately alert your healthcare professional or contact emergency medical personnel if such signs appear.