Too Much Growth Hormone – Is It Bad for You?

Too Much Growth Hormone

It is just as bad to have too much growth hormones in your body as it is to have too little. Although growth hormone deficiency brings numerous unpleasant symptoms, increasing GH levels too high can produce even worse side effects.

There are only a few ways you can have too much growth hormone in your body:

  • 1. You can have a tumor of the pituitary gland
  • 2. You can have tumors in other parts of the brain, the lungs, or the pancreas
  • 3. You have had a serious injury to your head or treatment for a brain tumor or cancer (this typically reduces GH levels but could potentially increase them)
  • 4. You are taking HGH injections when they are not needed to treat adult growth hormone deficiency
  • 5. You are administering too much HGH even though you have AGHD

Too much HGH in adults is most likely due to items 1 and 4 in the list above. The likelihood of a pituitary tumor increases with age, although it is not that common.

Today, we find that the biggest issue with too much growth hormone is the illegal use of this medication. This is often due to usage by athletes and bodybuilders trying to increase muscle size, speed, strength, or performance. Not only is HGH not recommended for these uses, but it also will not accomplish these results in people whose bodies are producing enough growth hormone. Finally, HGH is illegal for use in this manner, and HT Medical Center does not work with athletes or bodybuilders looking for hormones for any type of physical enhancement.

What Happens When You Have Too Much Growth Hormone?

An overabundance of growth hormone in the body presents its own problems. When you have too much HGH, symptoms such as the side effects listed below can occur:

  • Joint, muscle, or nerve pain
  • High cholesterol
  • Acromegaly – enlarged jaw, hand, and feet bones
  • Edema – swelling caused by fluid in the tissues
  • Tingling and numbness in the hands, feet, and skin
  • Middle ear infection
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Flu-like symptoms

Why is too much HGH bad for you if this hormone is so important?

Just like having a small slice of cake after dinner is typically fine, eating the entire cake all by yourself is by no means healthy. The same thing applies to your body’s hormone levels. Each of these vital chemical messengers has a natural level in the body. An increase or decrease can start a spiraling effect that can cause widespread problems. Too much HGH can lead to the side effects listed above.

How to Avoid Growth Hormone Side Effects

It is actually very easy to avoid side effects of taking too much HGH.

Here is what you need to know about the safe use of human growth hormones:

  • Never administer HGH without a doctor’s prescription – this will show you how much you need to take
  • Do not increase your dosage of HGH without doctor authorization – you have been prescribed a carefully calculated amount of human growth hormones based on your body’s needs following comprehensive blood analysis, physical examination, consultation, and a documented medical history
  • Do not buy HGH without a prescription, either from online companies or other individuals – only a doctor can determine whether or not you need human growth hormones, and if so, how much you require
  • Report any unexpected side effects to your prescribing doctor immediately – sometimes the dosage may be lowered until the side effects disappear, and then slowly increased while the body adjusts

How much HGH is too much for your body?

Only an experienced doctor who specializes in hormone replacement therapy can make this determination. Do not expect your primary care physician to prescribe this treatment. He or she most likely has very little training (if any) in hormone balancing.

To find out more about the safe use of growth hormones, contact the specialists at HT Medical Center for a confidential consultation at no charge.