Human growth hormones are increasingly being discussed in the press. It is not its usage in medicine that is being discussed, but its usage in sports. It is believed that human growth hormone, or hgh, is widely used by professional and amateurs athletes. The belief is that hgh can enhance the performance of athletic competitors.
However, unlike steroids, the use of hgh cannot be easily detected in the body’s system by using traditional drug testing methods.
Medically speaking, human growth hormone is essential to the body. It is one of many hormones that regulate vital systems. Hgh is manufactured in the pituitary gland in the middle of the brain.
When the pituitary gland releases this hormone, it goes into the bloodstream and carried to the other organs in the body. It has a broad range of effects on many functions and processes of the body.
It is vital to the growth and development in children, influencing the development and strength of muscles and bones, the building of protein blocks and the forming of body tissues.
People, especially children, who have a deficiency in growth hormone will not attain their full physical development. They will be shorter because the bone structure is smaller. Muscles are smaller as well, making the body physically weaker. People who suffer from growth hormone deficiency do not experience normal growth.
Human growth hormone was developed by medical scientists to replenish this deficiency in people who need it for medical reasons. When a child goes through a physical exam, the pediatrician measures and calculates the growth rate. He can see if the child is developing normally based on growth charts.
If the child is not growing within the expected range, tests are usually done to determine if there is an issue with growth hormone deficiency.
Children who receive growth hormone injections experience accelerated growth in certain areas. They grow taller. Their muscles develop more. Basically, they can catch up to their normal rate of development.
What has been happening is that the sports industry is realizing how growth hormones can boost the physical development of the athletes. This is a hot topic in college sports. A question arises whether or not college athletes can take hgh.
The answer to that is not simple. Officially, college athletes are not allowed to take any performance enhancing drugs. However, because hgh cannot be detected in a drug test, like how steroids can be detected, the use of hgh is probably rampant in the college sports world. It is just not openly admitted.
Medical researchers have been trying for years to develop a test that can detect hgh in the body’s system. Nothing definitive has been found, but progress is being made.
Doctors warn against the use of human growth hormones because if the dosage is not monitored by a physician, it can result in excessive growth of certain parts of the body. The results can be unpredictable. The athlete may end up with large feet and hands that become disproportional to the rest of the body. The jaw bones may also be disproportionally large.
These are symptoms of a disease called acromegaly. This is when too much hormone causes the bones to increase too much in size, thus affecting the appearance of the individual.
Such disfigurement is the price that sometimes ambitious athletes pay to get an edge against their competition. Other health problems from using hgh off-label include an increased risk of developing diabetes.
Pure hgh is very expensive, often too expensive for the average college athlete. Doctors also point out that the hgh products available on the market through places that sell supplements are usually in tablet form. These may have questionable potency because the hgh works best when it is injected into the body.
Hgh in the form of a nose spray is an alternative. In the U.S., real hgh is only available by prescription from a medical doctor and endocrinologists who specialize in hormonal disorders. Some use this off-label as an anti-aging supplement, which is not approved by the FDA.
Because real hgh is so expensive, some college athletes may resort to other markets to get access to hgh. How prevalent its use is in the sports world is difficult to track. Labs all over the world try to create this and sell it to the athletic market.
The problem with buying hgh from non-medical channels is that you can never be sure what is actually in the drug. The bottle can make all kinds of claims, but the only way to know the effects is if someone actually uses it.
The use of hgh in sports is controversial. The danger lies in the abuse of it. This will be a continued topic of interest in both professional and college sports.