What Are the Side Effects of HGH?

Possible side effects attributed to using HGH are pain in the nerves, muscles and joints, swelling of bodily tissues, carpal tunnel syndrome, numbing of the skin, and higher cholesterol levels. The use of HGH has been linked to the development of diabetes and cancerous tumors, according to WebMD.

Human Growth Hormone, or HGH, is produced naturally by the body in the pituitary gland, and production of this hormone is at its peak during adolescence, as stated by WebMD. HGH is largely responsible for body composition, fat metabolism, and muscle and bone growth.

HGH has been produced artificially since 1985 and is FDA approved for specific medical reason. Approved legal usage of HGH include the treatment of certain genetic disorders hindering physical development, kidney related complications, natural HGH deficiencies, short bowel syndrome and muscle-wasting disease correlating to AIDS/HIV, according to WebMD.

HGH is not FDA approved for use as a performance-enhancing drug or to improve appearance. HGH and other performance enhancing drugs, such as anabolic steroids, are typically used in an attempt to gain greater physical strength and muscle mass. HGH is also used for anti-aging purposes, though claims of the effectiveness HGH has on producing a more youthful appearance are unverified, according to WebMD.