Yes, there is a link between the use of human growth hormone (HGH) supplements including injections and cardiovascular disease.
Contrary to popular opinion, however, the link between the two are positive in nature such that the proper use of HGH supplements results in better cardiovascular health including lower risks for heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
Understanding The Link
To understand the link between growth hormone and cardiovascular disease, let’s take a look at the human growth hormone as produced by the body. It is a peptide hormone naturally produced, secreted and stored by the pituitary gland.
It is crucial in the repair, division and replacement as well as regeneration of cells in the body, thus, its importance in maintaining good health.
In this case, good health means a youthful appearance coupled with high levels of energy, stamina and strength. This results in smooth, supple and sexy skin as well as firm muscle tone and definition, fast sugar and fat metabolism, and optimum bone health.
But when the levels of growth hormone declines because of disease or age, the body undergoes several changes resulting in observable results. These include signs of aging like more fine lines, lesser levels of energy, and lower sense of overall well-being, among others.
But the more troubling effect is the increased risks for cardiovascular diseases like heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. HGH deficiency has even been proven to increase the risks for diabetes, cancers and osteoporosis.
The bottom line:
Yes, indeed, there is a link between HGH and cardiovascular disease – the lower the levels of HGH in the body, the higher the risks for cardiovascular disease. This is one of the reasons why HGH is used in the management of heart diseases including heart attack rehabilitation.
And the scientific studies have proven the link many times over.
Study Shows HGH Slows Down Cardiovascular Disease
In a small study led by Antonio Cittadini, MD, of the University of Naples and reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, patients with chronic heart failure were administered with human growth hormone replacement therapy.
In the study, 63 patients with chronic heart failure (i.e., New York Heart Association classes II to IV) and growth hormone deficiency were identified for the 4-year comparative study.
The patients were then divided into two groups, namely, standard treatment for heart failure and growth hormone therapy with each group assessed at baseline and then again after 4 years (i.e., follow-up). The growth hormone was administered via injections.
The preliminary results:
The growth hormones may slow down the disease. The researchers noted that there was a marked difference in the aggregate of hospitalization caused by worsening heart failure as well as in death among the participants on the hormone replacement therapy.
Study Shows Reduced Risks For Cardiovascular Disease With HGH Use
In yet another study, the beneficial effects of growth hormone replacement therapy in the management of cardiovascular disease were reinforced. In a 10-year study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the patients who were on therapy experienced the following benefits:
- • Improvement in their cholesterol levels
- • Decrease in visceral fat, an important sign since high visceral fat is directly linked to high risk for heart disease and heart attack
- • Less arterial plaque
All of these effects obviously have close association with maintaining good heart health as well as in the management of heart disease and rehabilitation after heart attack.
But that’s not all, so says the researchers. The patients on therapy also reported or experienced increased muscle mass, tone and definition; higher bone mass and mineral density; and improved feeling of overall well-being.
It must be emphasized, nonetheless, that human growth hormone replacement therapy should not be used as substitute for healthy eating habits and diet, healthy lifestyle habits (e.g., no smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol), and moderate exercise program coupled with appropriate medical care and medications.