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Is anabolic GH the same as an anabolic steroid?
Is it safe? Does GH, also referred to as HGH, carry the same risks as anabolic steroids?
Many people think that human growth hormone or HGH is comparable to anabolic steroids.
This is because like steroids, growth hormone (human or synthetic) helps muscle tissues, bones and other organ tissues grow in the body.
But while it’s true that HGH is anabolic, it is not the same as an anabolic steroid.
The facts are that HGH is bioidentical to the HGH that’s produced naturally in your body, and it’s responsible for many functions in your body.
You can use HGH alone or as part of an anabolic steroid cycle. While HGH functions differently in the body than anabolic steroids, it is anabolic.
What Is Anabolic GH?
The synthetic form of anabolic GH is known as Somatropin, and it functions just like natural HGH in the body.
Human Growth Hormone is produced by the pituitary gland.
It’s produced at the highest levels during childhood, and it is responsible for the rapid growth experienced during the childhood years.
It affects the health and growth of muscles, bones, and organs. It also helps with the metabolism of many nutrients, including carbohydrates, minerals, and fats.
It increases connective tissue growth, and increases the size and number of skeletal muscle cells while reducing body fat.
It also helps lower cholesterol due to its incredible fat burning properties.
The Benefits of HGH
HGH promotes muscle growth and fat loss.
It’s also anti-aging. Issues associated with aging, including slower recovery times, loss of muscle, increases in fat and cholesterol, and loss of cartilage, can be effectively reversed with HGH.
It greatly speeds recovery times and healing from injury. It helps build bone mass and strengthens cartilage and tendons.
It increases your metabolism, aiding in muscle growth and fat loss. It also improves skin health, your sense of well being, and aids in restful sleep.
In short, it turns back the clock on the physical aging process.
What Does the Term Anabolic Mean?
To answer the question of whether or not HGH is anabolic, you must understand what the term anabolic means.
The dictionary definition of anabolic is, “the synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances from simpler ones”.
In terms of bodybuilding, anabolic simply means muscle building.
Many substances, including food and steroids, are anabolic, because they aid in muscle building.
Is HGH Anabolic?
HGH in itself has anabolic properties.
It sends signals to cells to promote muscle growth, and it aids in the metabolism of nutrients needed for muscle growth.
It also increases the body’s release of IGF-1. IGF-1 is a highly anabolic protein hormone.
IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor-1) is also increased when you increase your levels of HGH.
While HGH is considered the fountain of youth hormone, IGF-1 is considered your body’s anabolic powerhouse.
IGF-1 greatly increases the amount of cells in your skeletal muscle. This leads to a marked increase in lean muscle growth.
IGF-1 also increases nitrogen retention in the muscles.
Muscles are 16% nitrogen, and inadequate nitrogen can cause muscle wasting. The more nitrogen you retain, the more anabolic your muscles become.
IGF-1 also aids in protein synthesis. This helps your body to build more muscle, and increases recovery times.
Potential Side Effects of HGH
The risk of side effects are lower with HGH than with anabolic steroids, because it’s a substance naturally produced by your body.
The most common side effects are water retention in the hands and feet, headaches, and joint pain.
During early stages, you may experience flu-like symptoms as well. It can also lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, which is thought to be because of water retention or abnormal joint growth.
Another common symptom is irritation at the injection site. Small lumps at the injection site or an itching sensation can occur.
Switching injection sites can help reduce these symptoms. However, injecting in the same area can help reduce the fat in that area. Many men inject into their stomach for this benefit.
Hypothyroidism is also possible. However, it can be treated with Cytomel, also known as T3.
Dizziness, nausea, numbness, and respiratory infections are also possible, but uncommon.
Higher doses have a higher risk of side effects.
Extremely high doses can cause enlargement of hands, feet, and the jaw.
More serious issues include the possibility of the organs becoming enlarged. The hormone can also increase glucose levels in the blood, leading to short term type-2 diabetes.
How long you use HGH depends on your personal goals.
HGH takes time to produce results. The very minimum effective duration is 8-12 weeks, with 16 weeks being the preferred minimum. This will aid in fat loss and improve recovery time.
To achieve real muscle gains, you’ll need to use HGH for a minimum of 6 months.
Many anti-aging plans call for indefinite use, or use for at least one year at therapeutic doses.
When purchasing HGH, it can be tempting to buy a generic manufactured overseas due to the lower price tag.
However, in regards to HGH, you get what you pay for.
Many generics aren’t pure HGH, and some are a similar hormone called HCG.
HCG is produced in significant amounts by pregnant women. An easy way to test the purity of your HGH is to take a pregnancy test about a week into therapy. If it comes up positive, you are taking HCG instead of HGH.
HGH is an anabolic substance naturally produced by your body. It has a low risk of side effects, and many benefits.