In this article, we’re going to talk about the side effects of HGH and how you can avoid them.
Common HGH Side Effects
When you begin to use HGH, your body will start to retain water over the first couple of days. You’ll notice this specifically in your finger, toes, and face. Though it may feel unpleasant, it’s the first sign that the HGH is actually working. There are three main attributes the aid in regulating the amount of water that’s in your body: vasopressin, ANP (atrial natriuretic peptide) and sodium ions.
When you take HGH, these balance of these three substances teeters, thus, vasopressin starts to retain fluid in the body.
How to avoid water retention?
There are a couple things you can do to avoid water retention:
- Limit your salt intake to no more than 2-3 g of salt per day.
- Don’t drink alcohol as it cause you to retain water
- Increase your water intake
- Take natural diuretics
- Divide your daily HGH supplements and injections into 2-3 injections, this will help in decreasing the disrupted balance between ANP and vasopressin.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The second most common side effect of HGH is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is when there’s pain or numbness in the wrist and fingers. Though it’s a common side effect it usually goes after the first month of your cycle.
This syndrome is usually caused by the compression of the median nerve in your wrist. The median nerve separates into four nerves which go down four of your fingers. When it’s compressed, then you have the feeling of numbness and/or pain. Though with HGH, this is linked to water retention, so if you’re feeling pain in your wrists, drink more water and take vitamin B6 and a multivitamin.
HGH increases your blood sugar levels which affect your insulin. Though, because the HGH takes your fat and transfers it into energy, the sugar in the blood remains. This elevated level of sugar in the blood puts pressure on the pancreas, thus, your risk of diabetes increases.
How to prevent diabetes?
- Take a blood sugar test prior to using HGH. You need to make sure that you’re not already a risk for diabetes before using HGH.
- Include insulin into your cycle when using HGH. If you’re using more than 10 IU of HGH, you need to inject insulin into your body to prevent diabetes.
- Do not take HGH for longer than 3-4 months.
HGH and cancer
Of course, people are worried about cancer when using drugs which is completely understandable. Most people, when discussing cancer are worried about tumor occurrence, tumor development, and tumor recurrence.
- Tumor occurrence: HGH does not induce cancer because it doesn’t have any influence over defective cells.
- Tumor development: HGH can accelerate the growth and development of already existing tumors through cell division, including cancer cells.
- Tumor recurrence: Research has shown that HGH does not have any effect on cancer recurrence.
Mythological HGH side effects
Suppression of endogenous HGH
This myth is in conjunction with the effects that steroids have on testosterone. However, scientists have not been able to find a connection with the suppression of endogenous HGH. Though short-term suppression exists, levels return to normal after 20-30 hours post first injection.
In bodybuilding, there seems to be a phenomenon of where bodybuilders have huge lean bellies as if they were pregnant. However, there has been no evidence of HGH causing this problem but still no studies were done to prove otherwise either. So proceed with caution!
Fortunately, HGH does not have any influence of libido. This is a common mistake as people assume steroids and HGH are the same – they’re not. The use of steroids does affect libido but HGH does not have any influence on testosterone levels.
Many people think that HGH causes hair loss, however, HGH does not affect testosterone, therefore, it cannot promote hair loss. In reality, HGH promotes collagen synthesis which aids in stronger and healthier hair.
Rare HGH side effects
There are some side effects which can occur, however, are extremely rare.
- Redness: This can happen after an injection and is a perfectly normal reaction by your immune system. Though, if you’re continuously becoming red after injecting, this may be linked to hygiene. Make sure you wash your hands prior to injection and change your injection site if you’re still getting a reaction.
- Morning fatigue: This is extremely rare, however, can occur. This is most likely caused by using low-quality HGH which contains bacteria residue. Thus, you need to make sure you go with a company that’s highly reputable.