Human growth hormone (HGH), which is also called somatotropin or somatropin, is a peptide hormone naturally synthesized, stored and secreted by the pituitary gland.
It is essential in the stimulation of growth as well as in cell reproduction and regeneration, thus, its importance in normal development among children and adolescents as well as in the treatment of various diseases including muscle-wasting diseases associated with HIV/AIDS, among others.
But there are many misconceptions about the use of synthetic HGH, such as that its use can increase the risks for heart disease. Let’s take a look at the truth behind said misconception so that the benefits of using HGH products including nutritional supplements and injections can be appreciated.
Effects Of HGH Deficiency
It must be emphasized that the human growth hormone is largely responsible for the cells’ repair, division and replacement, a natural process also important in protecting the body from diseases.
Keep in mind that the body must have the ability to repair and replace their damaged cells to maintain good health including a youthful appearance, energy and endurance, among others.
When you become deficient in the hormone, which can be caused either by diseases (e.g., rare pituitary tumors and their treatment) or by advancing age (i.e., the body produces lesser quantities of the hormone), the risks for chronic degenerative disease also increase.
These diseases include Type II diabetes, heart disease and heart attacks, strokes, and even cancers.
But that’s not all. Because HGH is responsible for cell regeneration and replacement, its deficiency can also result in various visible signs of aging. These signs include increased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as decreased levels of energy, endurance and strength and reduced muscle tone and definition.
Use In Heart Disease Management
To answer the question, the use of HGH does not lead to heart disease. In fact, it is used in reducing the risks for heart attacks and strokes as well as in the management of heart disease. Of course, its use in this regard must be under strict medical supervision, as is the case with HGH hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Note: Studies have shown that the therapy can actually lower the risk for certain types of cancers because it improves immune system function.
In a 10-year study about HGH replacement therapy reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the participants who were on the hormone had:
- Less plaque in their arteries
- Improved cholesterol parameters
- Decreased visceral fat (i.e., take note that the higher the amount of visceral fat, the higher the risks for heart disease)
All of these results are important in the maintenance of good heart health. Indeed, the proper use of growth hormone does not result in heart disease and heart attacks because it actually lowers the risk for them.
HGH replacement therapy also has other benefits per the above mentioned study. The participants on the growth hormone also had increased muscle mass, higher bone mass coupled with higher mineral density, and increased feeling of overall well-being.
The control groups (i.e., people who did not get the growth hormone) did not fare as well in these terms.
Lest anybody thinks that taking HGH in supplement form is the be-all and end-all of preventing and managing heart disease, think again. Heart diseases and heart attacks are multi-etiological (i.e., with many causes) cardiovascular disorders so saying that HGH use will automatically reduce the risks is misleading.
You must work with your doctor in determining the best treatment protocol for your case. Keep in mind that HGH replacement therapy is just one component of an effective heart disease management program, not the be-all and end-all of it.
Your doctor will provide recommendations about healthy eating habits and diet, sensible lifestyle habits, and moderate exercise program as well as the appropriate medications.
In the end, your heart health lies in your willingness to adopt your doctor’s recommendations as well as in taking your medications including HGH supplements. The more you take good care of your body, the healthier your heart will be.