Due to a recent study and media reports – and contact by the media to comment – on this survey of teens I have addressed the possible use of HGH, and claims of increased use, by teens below:
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Will, help me understand this a little better please: the supplements you described in the video, are they precursors to HGH? Are the T-booster supplements in the same genre, as well? I remember you telling me awhile back that testosterone supplements are a waste of money, so I assume HGH supplements are just as worthless. Thanks!
Depends on the product Ken, there’s a wide range of products out there based on various ingredients. Some may at least have some science behind them in terms of having an impact on GH release (e.g., Arginine, etc) but like the “T Boosters” tend to have no data showing any changes in body comp, etc as transient spikes in GH (similar to other hormones) don’t impact those endpoints people take them for: increases in muscle, strength, etc.
I have Growth Hormone Deficiency. The blood test result showed it as ‘BELOW 0.05 ng/ml’. I am 35 years old and weigh only 59 kg’s. I am 5 feet 9 inches tall. In spite of my best efforts in the gym and with my nutrition, I am unable to gain healthy weight. I visited the endocrinologist who told me that since my levels are so low, I may have to use HGH injections long term by cycling (2-3 months ‘on’…..2 months ‘off’). HGH deficiency symptoms that I have are:
1. Reduced muscle mass
2. Increased abdominal fat
3. Impaired memory
4. Impaired focus and concentration
6. High cholesterol and triglycerides in spite of healthy diet and lifestyle
Do you really think I should start using the HGH injections?
Is it true that I may have to use it long term? (expensive affair)
My testosterone (489.75 ng/dL) and IGF-1 (172 ng/ml) levels are normal. Please advice.
Not much I can advise on really. The choice is up to you really to try the GH therapy or not. It my be worth the doctor attempting to find why you have low GH levels, such as doing tests to see what part (such as your pituitary) is not functioning correctly. As you say, GH is expensive but if the therapy made you feel much better and improve your health, then likely worth the costs.
All your symptoms listed can be caused by other hormones, such as thyroid, being low, so a full hormone panel likely worth it too, and thyroid medication is cheap. I’d recommend further testing and working with the endocrinologist further before jumping on GH therapy, but that’s up to you really.
You will find an extensive amount of information on hormones on this site to help understand the topic.
HGH can also have a negative impact on a teenager’s emotional state. Accelerated aggression is the most prevalent side effect known also as “roid rage”.
HGH is not a steroid, and although there’s possible side effects, “roid rage” is not one of them.