The use of human growth hormone in strength training and bodybuilding

The use of human growth hormone in strength training and bodybuilding

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a natural hormone that is essential for human growth and development of body structures. Some people produce abnormal levels of growth hormone, which can lead to conditions such as gigantism and acromegaly due to overgrowth of certain tissues.

Children with gigantism can grow unusually tall, in rare cases exceeding 7 or even 8 feet, but suffer from numerous musculoskeletal and health problems.

Growth hormone is used in medicine to stimulate growth in people who are lacking it or in some cases to help people recover from a serious illness.

The use of growth hormones in athletes

The use of growth hormones in athletes

Because of its purported benefits for muscle growth and strength, bodybuilders and athletes who typically take performance-enhancing drugs and supplements such as steroids take hGH to gain an athletic advantage or for muscle growth. Because growth hormone taken orally can be broken down during digestion, growth hormone is given by injection when used in addition to medications.

Growth hormone has also been touted as an anti-aging agent for aging people who want to look and act younger.

Side effects

The following side effects of growth hormone injection have been reported:

  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Suppression of the pituitary/hypothalamus function
  • Swelling of body tissues (edema)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist nerve pain)
  • High blood sugar
Side effects


Recent studies highlight one consistent positive effect of HGH use, and that is the increase in lean body mass, in other words, fat loss. It works because growth hormone stimulates enzymes called lipases that break down fat and promote fat burning.

While it can promote the growth of collagen tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and bones for bodybuilders or athletes looking for a strength advantage, growth hormone has little to offer as everything that builds muscle has to do with water retention. The side effects can also be significant.

How to store growth hormone

When using somatropin, it is very important to know how to store growth hormone, since the further effectiveness of the use of the drug depends on the proper organization of this process.

Ampoules containing undiluted growth hormone can be stored for up to a year in temperature conditions from +2 to +8 degrees Celsius.

If storage is carried out at a temperature of +8 to +37 degrees Celsius, then the period should not exceed 2 months.

If the drug has been diluted, it should be placed in a refrigerator at a temperature of +2 to +8 degrees and used within 5 days.

It is forbidden to freeze the drug, as this will lead to the loss of its properties.