HGH, or human growth hormone, releasers come in a number of different formats, including synthetic injections, mouth sprays and pills. They work by increasing the amount of growth hormones in the body, which are naturally occurring proteins made in the pituitary gland that cause us to grow from child to adulthood. Over time, these proteins decrease in number, and HGH releasers are thus designed to help reverse ageing. However, these releasers can cause severe disruptions in your metabolism, growth and other physiologic processes, producing long-term side effects.
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According to coachsci.sdsu.edu, older athletes who have taken HGH releasers for extensive periods of time may be at risk for acromegaly. (See References 1) Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder, which results from the overproduction of growth hormone in the pituitary gland. Symptoms include excess bone growth, which is most noticeable in the hands, face and feet. According to the Mayo Clinic, physical changes associated with acromegaly usually develop gradually and can be treated if caught early enough. If not, the condition can be life-threatening.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnels are narrow passageways that run vertically down both wrists and are responsible for protecting crucial nerves. Carpal tunnel syndrome results when pressure is put on these nerves, causing tingling sensations, numbness, weakness and pain in the fingers, hands and even up the arms. According to serendip.brynmawr.edu, this syndrome is a long-term effect of HGH releasers and is likely caused by excess tissue growth in the wrists. (See References 2)
Just as excess tissue growth caused by HGH releasers can put pressure on the nerves in the wrists, this same type of growth can also put pressure on the arteries, resulting in hypertension or, more commonly, high blood pressure. If left unchecked, this condition can be potentially life-threatening. According to serendip.brynmawr.edu, while carpal tunnel and hypertension are both associated with HGH releasers, the user would have to be taking excessive amounts to suffer these effects.
Gigantism---according to coachsci.sdsu.edu---will only occur as a side effect in HGH users who are in their teenager years or who are otherwise not fully physically developed. Excess tissue growth caused by HGH releasers can interfere with the growth plates in a young person's bones, causing them to grow extensively. This growth affects the whole body, including bones (height), as well as internal organs and muscles.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, perhaps more commonly known as mad cow disease, is a devastating brain disorder that can result in chronic dementia. The disease is associated with injected HGH, which was once made from the tissue of human cadavers. Sometimes this tissue could be contaminated with mad cow, and the disease would be passed on to unknowing individuals taking HGH. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, since 1985 all injectable HGH releasers have been made from synthetic materials.
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