CONTENT: HMG 150IU (Humog 150), 1 vial of 150IU
Some people turn to a substance called human growth hormone (HGH) in hopes that it will make them feel and look youthful. But experts say the hope is unfounded. And worse, these products can be harmful.
HMG 150IU (Humog 150) Bharat Sera, produced by the pituitary gland, spurs growth in children and adolescents. It also helps regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and possibly heart function. Manufactured synthetically, HGH is the active ingredient in a number of prescription drugs and other products that are widely available on the internet.
HGH use and abuse
Synthetic human growth hormone was developed in 1985 and approved by the FDA for specific uses in children and adults. In children, HGH injections are approved for the treatment of short stature of unknown cause, as well as poor growth due to a number of medical causes, including:
- Turner syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects a girl's development
- Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder causing low muscle tone, low levels of Sex hormones and a constant feeling of hunger
- Chronic kidney disease
- HGH deficiency or insufficiency
- Children born small for gestational age
In adults, approved uses of HMG 150IU (Humog 150) Bharat seruminclude:
- Short bowel syndrome, a condition in which nutrients are not properly absorbed due to severe bowel disease or the surgical removal of a large part of the small intestine
- HGH deficiency due to rare pituitary tumors or their treatment
- Muscle wasting disease associated with HIV / AIDS
But the most common uses for HGH are not FDA approved. Some people use the hormone, along with other performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, in an attempt to build muscle and improve athletic performance. Still, the effect of HGH on athletic performance is unknown.
Because the body's HGH levels naturally decrease with age, some so-called antiaging experts have speculated and claimed that HGH products could reverse age-related physical deterioration. But these claims are also unproven. The use of HGH for anti aging is not FDA approved.