The human growth hormone, or HGH, is a hormone that our bodies naturally produce on a regular basis.
This hormone is manufactured inside of our brain, in an area called the pituitary gland.
As we go through puberty, our brain secretes a whole lot of HGH in order to properly develop our bodies, including cartilage, muscles, and bone growth.
Although it gets naturally created inside of our bodies, modern pharmaceutical technology has allowed us to create it in synthetic form.
Because of this, we can manufacture it inside of a laboratory as if it were a drug, which is actually almost is, as it can be prescribed by doctors and is usually administered through a needle almost anywhere on our bodies.
There are a lot of different people who can qualify for a legal prescription, most commonly including children who have problems growing properly.
The prescribed HGH treatment will allow these children to grow into an average size instead of a significantly stunted one.
However, in addition to the legitimate uses of human growth hormone, there are illegal uses too. Athletes have been known to abuse the hormone in order to perform better at their respective sports.
HGH and teenagers
Although HGH has legitimate uses for children going through puberty, irresponsible usage of it can be dangerous.
Because teenagers generally already produce a sufficient or even high amount of HGH, administering a synthetic dose can be very harmful to the body.
Young athletes often look at HGH as a shortcut to a bigger body, and teens can sometimes be pressured into taking HGH to keep up with their peers.
Although HGH has been banned by most professional sporting leagues and the International Olympic Committee, it is still very commonly used by pro and amateur athletes alike as a way to increase performance.
Teenagers who see or hear of professional athletes abusing HGH can potentially be influenced into trying it themselves, and if they are like most teens, could harm themselves with the extra human growth hormone.
Also, using HGH when you are going through puberty can have unwanted vanity consequences as well.
Body hair growth will accelerate, which may or may not be a good thing. But one unarguably bad side effect for most teens using HGH is increase levels of acne.
Considering how much teens fret about acne in the first place, having serious breakouts because of human growth hormone injections can be frustrating and depressing.
Drug testing for HGH
One of the reasons why HGH is so commonly used instead of other performance enhancing drugs is that HGH is nearly impossible to detect during drug testing.
The reason for this is because it is naturally produced inside of the body and there is no metric by which to measure—some people naturally produce high amounts while others produce very little.
There have been studies showing that over ten percent of all teen students have tried using steroids at some point, something that may surprise many parents.