Growth hormone is a hormone created in the pituitary gland, a small pea-sized structure at the base of the brain. This hormone is most importantly used to help children with growth during development, while helping maintain tissues and organs throughout life. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is taken by individuals who need to increase bone density, develop more muscle mass, lose body fat and even increase exercise capacities as we have seen with baseball players and other professional athletes. While often used to help certain disorders, it may also have its share of side effects. Some of these side effects can even be life threatening if left unnoticed and untreated.
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