Human growth hormone’s primary endeavor is to control the growth processes of the individual. It dictates the height of an individual and plays a role in different metabolic processes. However, HGH is not confined to these roles as science has delegated other roles to it.
The first role is HGH as a weapon against aging. Aging is often considered by others as a disease that needs to be prevented. HGH supplements have been designed to increase HGH levels to provide elder people the characteristics of being a youth again.
Another role of the HGH is the alleged effects of the hormone to the performance of an athlete. Athletes have been using HGH supplements to enhance their performance in different sports. Athletes who used HGH were banned in the 1988 Tour de France because of the enhancement effects of the hormone. HGH is known to have an effect in bone density, muscle mass and the whole body composition.
HGH has been banned from the sports world like steroid. But what are the differences of steroid and HGH? Anabolic steroids have been proven to truly increase an athlete’s performance. On the other hand, there are still doubts about the effectiveness of HGH supplements and its effect to the body. Recent studies show that taking HGH does not really affect the athlete’s performance at all. Increased muscle mass, denser bone composition and increase in lean body tissue does not necessarily equate to better performance. Another difference is that steroids have many side effects while experts say that HGH has few side effects and is not harmful to the body.
Although HGH intake has significant effects in the exercise aptitude of an athlete, these effects do not equate to the improvement of performance in an athlete. These effects include increase in lactate levels, levels of plasma free fatty acids during exercise, higher heart rate during exercise and higher maximum aspiratory pressure at rest.