While there is much publicity about HGH today, the fact is, relatively few actually get to undergo HGH injections because of the laws set by the government and medical establishment forbidding recombinant HGH injection therapy in all but bona fide cases of pituitary and related growth dysfunction. Apart from that, the high cost of HGH injection therapy also puts it out of reach of many. In August 1996, only was HGH approved for use in adult patients; previously, it was only allowed for children with growth disorders.
There are good reasons why HGH should not be made available over the counter, because it is just not meant for everyone. It is not a pick-me-up drug, and neither is it a “designer” hormone. It is also not a health food store supplement in any way, whatsoever.
So who should not be taking HGH?
So who should not be taking HGH? People who do not need recombinant HGH injections are ANYONE who does not have a history of hypopituitarism and growth difficulties, young athletes, bodybuilders, and basically anyone aged below 40. Yet, HGH abuse continues unabated; many professional athletes are always being caught for abusing HGH, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I’m afraid.
The crux of the matter is, the FDA approval has always been interpreted as permission for HGH to be used for anti aging purposes because anyone with low HGH or IGF-1 levels can be considered to have pituitary insufficiency. But nowhere does this apply for people who do not have pituitary insufficiency, and young adults mostly do not have pituitary insufficiency!
As long as HGH abuse continues by many young adults seeking a quick physical fix, the threat of an outright ban on HGH lingers, and it will continue to be forbidden to be sold as an OTC hormone (as much as we would like it to be). Young people who do not need HGH are contributing to the problem (in my opinion), and making it harder for those who really need HGH to obtain access to it, namely the huge elderly and currently aging baby boomer populace, not to mention those who genuinely have hypopituitarism symptoms from young.
Reiterating HGH side effects
You might have heard about them, but I’m going to say it again. Excessive HGH can lead to big physical problems like increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and acromegaly. You can only get these problems if you raise your growth hormone levels artificially, over what your body can handle. The only two ways this can happen is with a malfunctioning pituitary gland from birth, OR with HGH injections.
HGH supplements are safer
There is recourse for both young and old people who want to boost their HGH levels though (but for one reason or another cannot get recombinant HGH), and that is by taking a quality HGH releaser regularly. While it cannot really compare with HGH injections; in the long run, it’s safer and healthier. Let’s hope that new generation GHRH will be made more widely available in the near future for those that really need it.