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Many Weight Lifters Turing To HGH

Many Weight Lifters Turing To HGH

Human Growth Hormone is becoming the new performance enhancing supplement alongside, and not in place of, anabolic steroids…

A new study has raised concerns over the increasing number of male weight-lifters choosing to use human growth hormone, or HGH, as a performance enhancer.

The study also suggests that many of those taking HGH had also experimented with steroids as well as other illicit drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy.

The study, which involved 231 male weight lifters aged 18 to 40, found that 12% of the participants reported using HGH, or insulin-like growth factor-1 – a similar type of supplement. All of these men had reported using of anabolic steroids and 56% percent had a current or past dependence on opioids, cocaine, and/or ecstasy.

more weight lifters using human growth hormone Many Weight Lifters Turing To HGH

More Weight Lifters Using HGH

Study researcher Harrison G. Pope Jr., MD, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston and director of Biological Psychiatry Laboratory of McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass, said:

This is an epidemic that is rapidly increasing and is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Doctors everywhere should be aware of this when they see young patients, especially young male patients.[WebMD]

The HGH takers were typically older and had been lifting weights longer than those not taking the supplement. And while the HGH takers were more muscular, all of them were already using anabolic steroids prior to taking HGH.

Harold C. Urschel, MD, author of Healing the Addicted Brain, noted how the results formed a rather worrying pattern:

We see in this study that HGH users were already taking steroids when they added HGH, so this tells us that they may have been developing a tolerance and needed a turbo boost.

HGH is a chemical produced by the pituitary gland and aids growth in children and adolescents. The hormone is already approved to help treat children with specific growth deficiencies, but little research has been done into the long term effects of HG abuse in adults.

HGH production declines as we age; the supplements counter act that decline, which is why some companies market the supplement as an anti-aging elixir, as well as a performance enhancer.

The growing popularity of the recent trend can be attributed to modern manufacturing processes that have helped reduce the cost of the supplement, making it more accessible to the public. Pope explained that twenty years ago it was extremely expensive and used only by elite athletes who could afford to spend the money.

Although the full dangers of HG abuse are not known, experts warn that it could have serious effects on the heart, especially when used in combination with steroids. High levels of HGH have also been linked to diabetes and cancer.

Barry Sears, PhD, president of Zone Labs Inc. and the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, Mass admitted that HGH can ‘help bulk up and burn body fat.’ But he also warned that there are health risks attached to it:

Too high levels will promote diabetes and overproduction of bone tissue. You can always tell which elite athletes are on HGH because their bones are growing at a faster rate and their faces look distorted.

The study was published in the American Journal on Addictions.

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