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Human growth hormone (HGH) is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland and secreted into the bloodstream. It is important for cell regeneration, cell reproduction, and growth. This hormone can help build, maintain, and repair healthy tissue in the brain and other organs. It can help repair muscle tissue after exercise and speed up healing after an injury. Also, it has some benefit to the appearance and quality of the skin.
Although HGH is a substance that occurs naturally, it is also available in synthetic forms as a treatment. Synthetic HGH is approved by the FDA for specific uses in children and adults. In children, HGH treatments are approved to treat short stature disorders and poor growth caused by some medical problems, including:
HGH insufficiency or deficiency
Chronic kidney disease
Children born small for gestational age.
In adults, there are several approved uses of HGH. These include:
HGH deficiency caused by rare pituitary tumors or their treatment
Short bowel syndrome
Muscle loss is associated with HIV/AIDS.
HGH can also help adults with a growth hormone deficiency to improve bone density, increase exercise capacity, build muscle mass, and reduce body fat. Due to these benefits, some people use HGH treatment to enhance their athletic ability. Many people also believe that this treatment has anti-aging effects. Note that using HGH treatment to improve athletic performance and for anti-aging has not been scientifically proven and is not FDA-approved.
In human growth hormone (HGH) treatments, your doctor will give the lab-developed HGH in the form of injections. The treatments can be self-administered or given by a doctor. Doses usually occur several times a week or daily. Your doctor will check your specific condition to determine the correct doses for you. Doctor’s usually base HGH treatment on several factors, including:
General health and medical history
The extent of the condition, such as the severity of the deficiency
Goals of treatments
Tolerance for specific treatment
Preference and choice.
Once your doctor determines the correct doses for you, they will prescribe the lab-developed HGH for you to administer the injections yourself or they will administer the HGH during the appointment. Your doctor may inject the HGH intramuscularly (IM) or subcutaneously (under the skin). The HGH may be injected into the thigh or abdomen.
If you choose to administer the HGH yourself or administer it for your child, your doctor will teach you the correct and safe way to do it. Your doctor will also tell you how to store the injections and the best time to administer the injections. The recommended injections sites include the back of arms, sides of the belly, top or outside of thighs, and outer quadrant of buttocks.
You can leave the hospital or clinic right away after your HGH treatment. You may be able to leaveVietnam the same day or the next day after the procedure. However, if your doctor scheduled a follow-up checkup in a week or so to check your condition, you may need to stay in the country longer.
Normally, no recovery time is needed after HGH treatment. You may be allowed to return to your normal activity, including work and exercise, immediately after the procedure. Your doctor should give you a detailed timeline for your recovery.
There is usually no special aftercare needed after HGH treatment, but make sure to attend follow-up checkups every month to check your condition. In some cases, you can choose to schedule these checkups with your local doctor instead of your doctor in Vietnam if you cannot travel back and forth. During the checkups, your doctor will carry blood tests to see if treatments should be decreased, increased, or stopped. Blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, and bone density will also be checked to see if they are healthy.
FDA-approved uses for HGH treatment are found to be safe, effective, and highly successful. For children with poor growth, the treatment may help them grow 1 to 2 inches within the first 6 months and about 4 inches or more over the first 3 years. Another 3 inches or more can be gained during the next 2 years.
While FDA-approved uses for HGH treatment are safe, there are some risks you need to be aware of, including:
Muscle, joint, or nerve pain
High cholesterol levels
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Type 2 diabetes
Swelling in the legs and arms (edema)
Increased risk of certain cancer
Increased insulin resistance.
Make sure that you get HGH treatment from a board-certified and experienced doctor.
The alternative to HGH treatment depends on your specific condition. For instance, if you need the procedure to treat short bowel syndrome, you can consider medications or surgery (such as small bowel transplantation) as the alternatives. If you want to undergo HGH treatment for reasons that are not FDA-approved, for example, to get the anti-aging effects, you can consider other cosmetic treatments that have been scientifically proven to do so, such as Botox injections.
Before HGH treatment, you may have short bowel syndrome or HGH deficiency, or your child may experience poor growth. After the procedure, these problems should be treated, or at least managed. Body development will be enhanced and energy should be restored. Overall, successful HGH treatment should increase your quality of life.
Whilst the information presented here has been accurately sourced and verified by a medical professional for its accuracy, it is still advised to consult with your doctor before pursuing a medical treatment at one of the listed medical providers. This content was last updated on 28/11/2020.