Athletes and bodybuilders are always looking for a competitive edge that yields results. Human growth hormone, or H.G.H., is commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders because of the vast benefits it can bring to the physique. If you use H.G.H., taking the proper amounts can help increase the positive aspects of the hormone while minimizing side effects. Always talk with your physician before using H.G.H.
H.G.H. is a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland and is most concentrated during childhood, although the hormone remains in circulation throughout the lifespan. H.G.H. was once harvested from the pituitary glands of cadavers but synthetic versions have been developed, which has dropped the cost of the hormone. H.G.H. can only be legally owned if you have a prescription for it from your physician otherwise illegal possession can result in jail time and fines.
For treatment of adult onset growth hormone deficiency, individuals usually take between 1 to 3 IU, per day. For bodybuilding purposes, most individuals consume between 1 to 6 IU per day with 2 to 4 IU per day being the most common dose. Individuals usually take H.G.H. for periods of 6 to 24 weeks.
Purpose of H.G.H.
H.G.H. appears to enlarge muscles and increases the amount of muscle fibers in the muscle The drug may stimulates the body to breakdown body fat. In a study published in "American College of Physicians," H.G.H. supplementation increased muscle mass, decreased fat mass and increased sprinting capacity in men and women.
H.G.H. Side Effects
H.G.H. use comes with side effects. H.G.H. causes growth in more than just skeletal muscle mass, it causes growth in all organs of the body, with the exception of the eyes and brain. Some general side effects include joint pain, headache, flu-like symptoms and back pain. H.G.H. may increase blood sugar levels in individuals who do not have diabetes or glucose intolerance.
Ethical Use of H.G.H.
The World Anti-Doping Agency prohibits the use of growth hormone by competitive athletes, however illicit use of the drug is widespread. In the sport of bodybuilding, it is only unethical to use H.G.H. or other steroids if the specific bodybuilding show requires steroid tests. Many bodybuilding competitions do not require athletes to take steroid tests meaning that competitors can use whatever substances they want. Possession of any anabolic steroid or H.G.H. without a prescription from a physician is still illegal.
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