Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Aging


The human growth hormone (HGH) is a hormone that is made by your body in the pituitary gland and many claim that it has anti-aging properties. It is often marketed as an anti-aging hormone for adults. In children, it is important for normal growth. In adults, HGH helps regulate and maintain your tissues and organs. Children sometimes receive HGH injections because a lack of the hormone in their body is impacting their growth rate.

HGH and Aging

Like many hormones, HGH levels decrease as a person gets older. This is a normal part of aging. HGH is becoming a popular anti-aging supplement.2 Because the hormone is only available in injection form (other forms of HGH have not been proven effective) it must be given by a doctor. The saddest part is that there has been little research on the hormone and aging.

Benefits and Costs

While human growth hormone is not the fountain of youth that people claim, there are some benefits to HGH supplementation. Of course, anyone whose body lacks the ability to make the hormone would benefit from this medical treatment. HGH also increases muscle mass (but not strength).1 Some people claim to have more energy and feel better on HGH supplementation, but no study has been done to rule out the placebo effect.

Side Effects

The side effects of HGH are serious. They include diabetes, swelling, high blood pressure, and even heart failure. Inflammation can also occur, causing joint pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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