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A 21-year-old male asked:

is there a problem where hgh is low and igf-1 is high, what are the symptoms asocciated with it?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
GH measurement: Gh levels fluctuate considerably throughout the day, often being high during the night, and very low other times of the day, which makes a single measurement unreliable. Igf1 is more stable. Adolescence is a time of many normal hormone fluctuations. There are diseases associated with very high gh/igf1 (eg. Acromegaly) but are rare.

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Does HGH work to slow or reverse aging?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Jury still out: There have been many such claims for HGH but the research supporting this is very limited and it is illegal to use it for this- see https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19523398/truth-about-hgh/ for a good discussion of the research. I never recommended taking HGH but there may benefits to helping your body produce more. See https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-ways-to-increase-hgh#section11
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A 47-year-old male asked:

I'm interested in using HGH for performance enhancement. Is this safe?

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Dr. Andre Berger
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Not Legal Use: Using HGH for performance enhancement is not a legal use. The only legitimate indication is for treatment of a medical diagnosis of adult human growth hormone deficiency. It’s safe to use HGH when indicated and under qualified medical supervision. It’s unsafe to self-administer hgh. If HGH is prescribed to replace a diagnosed deficiency, performance enhancement may be a beneficial side-effect.
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What's the positives and negatives of HGH treatment?

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Dr. Batul Valika
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Depends: If you are taking human growth hormone for a documented deficiency (pediatric or adult) the benefits can be proper growth and development for children, decreasing central weight, improved cognition and mood for adults. It should only be used when a documented deficiency is present. It can cause fluid retention, joint problems and Insulin resistance.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How short do you have to be to qualify for HGH injections?

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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
2 standard deviation: The quick answer is that you need to be below 2 standard deviations for your height and weight. You may also need a specific diagnosis such as idiopathic growth hormone deficiency, intrauterine growth retardation, etc. Insurance companies usually publish these criteria if you do an internet search.
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Is it possible to get HGH over the counter?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
No: Even if you could, you could not guarantee how pure or active the ingredients may be. Never trust an unknown source for medications that are this important.

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