Human Growth Hormone Injections and Their Effect on Weight Loss

Weight issues are prevalent throughout the US and are an especially aggravating symptom of growth hormone deficiency (GHD). Because human growth hormone (HGH) helps the body regulate metabolism by breaking down proteins and fats into usable energy, the lack can hinder this process and cause aggravating weight gain, noticeably around your middle. The lack of energy to exercise adds to the problem. You may experience a drop in positive mood and self-confidence due to these changes in your body.

The FDA has approved HGH injections for those with GHD, people undergoing organ transplants, and those with AIDS related wasting disease. HGH treatment should only be used in conjunction with one of these diagnosis as an injection or on occasion as a nasal spray. Advertised pills and powders should always be suspect as the digestive system breaks down any HGH you consume so you can’t absorb it in any dosage to be effective. The FDA hasn’t approved HGH for weight loss exclusively for the following reasons:

  • The cost of HGH injections can be prohibitive
  • The potential aggravation or concerns of developing insulin resistance which can lead to diabetes
  • The lack of long-term safety studies, especially using large groups
  • The risk of joint and muscle pain
  • The concerns regarding swelling or edema in arms and legs
  • The possibility of developing carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Concerns regarding increased blood pressure

Though HGH isn’t FDA-approved for the sole diagnosis and purpose of weight loss, those experiencing this symptom as part of a GHD diagnosis are often very pleased with the results of being on HGH injections in a relatively short time.

GHD’s Effects on Metabolism

As the pituitary gland emits HGH, consumed proteins and fats are broken down to supply the necessary energy you need to manage your day-to-day routine. During GHD, the less available HGH, the more compromised this breakdown process and it becomes less and less effective. These metabolic complications result in reduced skeletal muscle and lean body mass and an increase in your fat mass, especially around your middle. Fat mass around your middle has been associated with heightened concerns regarding cardiovascular conditions with altered lipid metabolism, and type 2 diabetes.

A GHD diagnosis not only explains many of these symptoms, but under careful doctor supervision, HGH injections go a long way towards helping relieve the aggravating to debilitating effects of low HGH. GHD can occur due to illnesses, injury, or a progressive physiological condition. Since one of the most noticeable symptoms of GHD is a lack of energy due to the breakdown of the metabolic process, the increase in your energy levels goes a long way towards helping with your exercise capacity and normal movement throughout your daily life. Increased energy and exercise help start the cycle back towards healthy movement and subsequent weight loss.

Some small studies published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2009 and the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders in 2001 showed promising results in obese men and women, and in lab mice when combining HGH injections with diet and exercise. Compared to those on diet and exercise alone, those taking HGH injections saw a small increase in the amount of weight loss.

These same individuals saw a decrease in body fat and leptin, the hormone that stimulates fat storage. Because of their renewed energy level and capacity to exercise, these same individuals saw an increase in lean body mass and the resulting strengthening of muscles and bones, adding to their quality of life. Cholesterol levels and abdominal fat also dropped, with an increase in healthy insulin response.

Normal Growth Hormone Injection Dosages for Weight Loss

Like many medications, HGH is measured in IU (international units) and mg (milligrams). One milligram equals 3 IU. After consulting with your doctor and understanding what realistic expectations cover, you will probably receive a dose of 4 to 6 IU daily. This dose is dependent on the level of natural HGH in your system and the severity of your symptoms. To offset possible side effects, many break the amount up into two doses a day, though the most effective dose will be in the afternoon as this is when your body naturally produces and utilizes the greatest amount HGH in cell reproduction. The ideal dosage is one that combines effective increases in growth hormone levels while keeping side effects at a minimum. Your age, weight, medical history, and overall physical health are all considered when determining your ideal dosage.

After several weeks some occasionally experience some side effects such as water retention (edema), especially in your fingers, toes, and face, or tingling sensations in your fingers and palms, known as carpal tunnel syndrome. If these symptoms are mild and you are pleased with the other results of the HGH injections, you can ignore the slight edema or tingling. If they become unbearable, your dose can be reduced to below 3 IU and you still might experience some of the positive results. These include:

  • Greater vitality
  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • Clearer skin
  • Less weight gain if not actual weight loss
  • Greater exercise capacity
  • Increased metabolism
  • Reduced feelings of stress and anxiety
  • More robust immune system to withstand colds and other minor illnesses

It should be noted that those who are excessively obese and not suffering from other HGH issues won’t see as substantial a difference in weight loss as those with a GHD diagnosis.

HGH injections must be obtained by prescription from a licensed physician to be legal. This protects you by ensuring the ingredients are accurate and appropriate, and that the diagnosis and procedures follow medical and legal guidelines for correct usage.

HGH injections provide an effective weapon in your battle with weight issues that accompany a GHD diagnosis. Your improved metabolism, along with increased energy and better sleep all combine to begin the process of obtaining control of your weight and setting you on the path to a more active and healthy lifestyle. The injections should be combined with healthy diet and sleep habits, and a regular exercise schedule to ensure the best outcome.

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