Human Growth Hormone

In response to a posted question:

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is rather controversial for a number of
reasons. The body sees HGH during certain times of growth and
maturation and it seems smaller levels during REM sleep.

There are persons who sue HGH to enhance muscle mass and in 'anti-aging' endeavors.

In some venues, HGH is currently being used to increase muscle tone,
and this is dangerous on many levels. In particular, the effects on the
heart are worrisome and will likely be found to shorten life-span. We
see 'unexplained deaths' in highly successful athletes and it is highly
possible that HGH is contributory to early cardiac death.

The effect on bone growth can cause cosmetic problems, as well.
Enlargement of the frontal bones in the face cause a characteristic
facial appearance in persons who use HGH.

There are other ways to deal with anti-aging. Hormone balance should be
directed at restoring levels and ratios that are found at early
adulthood ranges. By emulating hormone states that are normal at
earlier ages is far better strategy than to try to improve on nature.

Pushing for levels that are outside of those that are found in nature can be dangerous business, indeed.

About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.