Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
Synthetic Human Growth Hormone (HGH) available as an injection has been around for many years. It has been used to make children taller and to build muscle in patients with chronic wasting diseases such as HIV. More and more, HGH injections are being used by athletes to improve performance and by older men to improve energy, libido and muscle mass. Before you jump into deciding if you will benefit from HGH injection, read this to find out the facts.
What is HGH?
HGH is a hormone produced by a tiny gland located under your brain called the pituitary gland. Your body produces a lot of it during childhood to stimulate growth in the bones. This is why HGH injections are used to make children taller (we will discuss this is a separate article).
In adulthood, your body still produces HGH in small amounts to maintain the health of your bones and organs. As you age, the amount of HGH naturally produced by your body gets less and less.
Does HGH work as anti-aging therapy?
There are some studies to indicate that as HGH production drops in older men, they may start to suffer from increased body fat, decreased muscle mass and decreased bone strength. Studies have shown that older men with severe HGH deficiencies will experience an increase in muscle mass, decrease body fat and increase in bone density after receiving HGH injection treatments.
It is important to note that HGH is not the “anti-aging miracle” that many people tout it to be. To know if you will benefit from HGH treatment or not you should have a discussion with our doctor.
What are the symptoms of HGH deficiency?
The symptoms of HGH deficiency in adults can be very varied. Some people develop multiple symptoms, some only 1 or 2 symptoms. The possible symptoms of HGH deficiency include:
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Decrease in sexual function and interest i.e Low Libido
- Decreased muscle mass and strength
- Difficult to concentration and lack of memory
- Low energy levels.
- Dry, thin skin
- Elevated triglyceride/cholesterol levels
- Fatigue and/or tiredness. Malaise.
- Heart problems
- High levels of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol
- Insulin resistance. Increased risk of developing Diabetes.
- Lower tolerance to exercise. Gets out of breath more easily.
- Reduced bone density, making you more susceptible to developing osteoporosis and even fractures.
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Very low energy levels
- Weight gain, especially around the waist
How do I know my HGH levels are low? Is there a test?
There is no good reliable test for HGH levels. Most doctors use the IGF-1 (Insulin Like Growth Factor -1) levels to gauge HGH levels. As HGH levels can differ greatly at different times of the day, 2 tests have to be done before determining if the HGH levels are truly low. Usually patients also require tests for other hormones like Testosterone and they may also require other tests to determine if the pituitary gland is functioning properly or not. If you suspect that you HGH levels are low, you should check with our doctors.
What is the treatment for low HGH levels?
The treatment is daily injections of HGH hormone. This injection is given yourself via a tiny needle (as fine as a hair) into the abdomen. It is virtually painless.
HGH injections are available in Singapore only with a doctor’s prescription. HGH injections are available at our clinics in Singapore.
What are the possible side effects of HGH injections?
It is important to note that side effects due to HGH injections are not common. The higher the dose, the higher risk of side effects. Possible side effects include:
- Increased risk of developing Diabetes
- Increased Cholesterol levels
- Fluid retention leading to swelling
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Joint pain
- Tingling skin
Are there any oral HGH supplements? Must HGH be given as an injection?
The ONLY way to deliver HGH to the body is via injections. This is usually given into the abdomen on a daily basis.
Many “oral HGH supplements” actually contain minerals and vitamins that are touted to stimulate the body to release more HGH. This has not been proven to be true.
HGH injection treatment is available at our clinics in Singapore. If you feel that you may be suffering from HGH deficiency please contact us for an appointment.
Dr Tan and Partners @Novena
Main Doctor: Dr Tan Kok Kuan
10 Sinaran Drive, #08-31,
Novena Medical Center (above Square 2)
+65 6397 2095
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