With the wide range of supplements in spray, pills and injection forms, consumers will likely find a product that largely meet their needs and wants in health, fitness and well-being. Aside from the ubiquitous multivitamin supplements, two of the most popular products are steroid and human growth hormone (HGH) injections.
Such is the popularity of these injectable products that amateur and professional bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts use them – or in most cases, misuse and abuse these products – for a wide range of purposes.
But because of the serious side effects caused by the use, abuse and misuse of these injectable products, you should look for better alternatives.
Pros And Cons Of Steroid Injections
Anabolic steroids, which are synthetic substances used to mimic the effects of testosterone, are used for many valid medical purposes. Doctors prescribe the substances in the treatment of many medical issues, such as delayed puberty in boys, anemia and its symptoms, and low muscle mass associated with HIV/AIDS, to name a few.
But the misuse and abuse of anabolic steroids have serious side effects that everybody should know before considering its use, especially when no medical supervision is present.
These side effects, many of which are permanent in nature, include:
- For men – reduced sperm count, which affects fertility; enlarged breasts, known as man boobs that affects feelings of manliness; and shrinking testicles, a cause for concern
- For women – increase in body hair and in size of the clitoris; rougher skin and deeper voice, which mimics the male attributes; and decrease in the size of the breasts
- For men and women – increase in risks for cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, strokes and heart attacks as well as liver diseases including liver cancer; increase in risks for dermatological problems including skin infections and hair loss; and increased levels of aggression, irritability, and mania.
These are the reasons why anabolic steroids are considered as banned substances for many uses including as performance enhancers and muscle-building supplements in bodybuilders and athletes.
But when used properly in the medical context and under medical supervision, these substances are beneficial.
Pros And Cons Of Human Growth Hormone Injections
The human growth hormone (HGH) is actually a naturally produced poly-peptide hormone synthesized, secreted and stored in the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. It performs many crucial roles in the growth and development of children and adolescents as well as in the maintenance of good health among adults, such as in:
- Muscle development, definition and tone
- Repair, replacement and renewal of cells including skin cells, thus, the appearance of young skin
- Maintenance of good skeletal structure and strength (i.e., bone density and mineralization)
- Normal brain and heart function
But because natural production of HGH decreases with age, many people use HGH injections to increase the level of the hormone in their bodies. Their desired results:
- better feelings of overall health and wellness
- greater lean muscle mass including its tone and definition
- suppler and smoother skin
- and higher levels of energy, endurance and strength
But the use of HGH injections has several serious side effects, too, including:
- Swelling in the arms and legs
- General bloating
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Arthritis-like symptoms
- Muscle pain and headaches
- Abnormal growth in the internal organs and bones
- Hardening of the arteries
While HGH injections are also used for valid purposes, such as in the treatment of wasting caused by HIV/AIDS, these are best used under strict medical supervision to prevent the above mentioned side effects.
What Other Options Do You Have?
What’s the better option than steroid and HGH injections?
You can take HGH releasers, which are nutritional supplements with natural ingredients proven to stimulate the production and secretion of HGH in the body.
These supplements usually do not result in side effects, do not require prescription since these are not considered as controlled substances, and do not have the risk of overdoses although following the manufacturers’ recommended dosages is a must.