Posted by: Gabriel | 2008/12/20

Male Growth Hormone Supplement

Hi. I am a male approaching middle age. A lot have recently been written in the press about the benefits of using male growth hormone supplements. Is this a recomended practice? Are there any side effects that this may cause? Are there professionals in Cape Town area that can assist me to start with such a a program?

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Dear Gabriel, thank you for the question and my apologies for the delay with your reply.

The use of growth hormone supplements and their effect on the body is not yet 100% understood and the use of injectable growth hormone and its effects on normal healthy individuals (not growth hormone deficient) is not well studied.

The use of growth hormone may have the following side effects:
Hypoglycemia: one’s sugar metabolism may be affected and any changes tend to last a few weeks before normalizing, however this effect is dose dependent.
Hypothyroidism: thyroid hormone levels may drop leaving one feeling lethargic.
It may also increase brain pressure due to water retention or edema and usually presents as a headache.

My advice would be to consult a specialist physician or Endocrinologist who can examine you, take the necessary bloods and monitor you on a regular basis while on the growth hormone supplements.

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