Human Growth Hormone is a relative newcomer to the scientific world and it wasn’t until the 1950s that HGH was discovered in the pituitary gland of the brain. HGH has since been approved by the FDA for the treatment of Growth Hormone Deficiency (short stature) and there’s been plenty of marketing hype about its potential anti-aging treatment.
HGH acts as a ‘messenger’ and has a regulatory function controlling bone and tissue growth in children and adult metabolic rates. In our teenage years the pituitary gland is busy stepping-up HGH production to reach a peak in our mid twenties. HGH secretion than gradually declines, and it’s estimated that by the time you celebrate your 40th birthday; your body is producing less than half its maximum output.
In 1990 Dr Daniel Rudman decided to study the effects of HGH injections on a group of men aged 60-81. The results were unexpected and showed an average increase in muscle mass of 9% and a decrease in body fat of 14.1%. When his findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine the media went into overdrive. According to the headlines it wouldn’t be long before we would all be sipping ‘from the fountain of eternal youth’ and a multi million dollar industry sprang up almost overnight.
With so much money changing hands it didn’t take long for things to sour and cyberspace soon became cluttered up with unscrupulous salesmen pedaling fiction as fact. Scientific reports were selectively ‘edited’ by advertisers and the situation became so muddled that even the salesmen no longer knew exactly what they were supposed to be selling.
Human Growth Hormone Fact File has been put together to shed some light on the situation. We’ve begun with the basics and you’ll find independent information on everything from the History of HGH research to Growth Hormone Deficiencies in children. We’ve then gone on to address some of the most pressing questions about HGH today, including a look at the anti aging claims made about HGH and the possible side effects of treatment. Finally we’ve put the main HGH supplements under the microscope (injections, tablets and sprays) and provided a roundup of the current market leaders.