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Aug 1, 2014 10:19 AM by Edna Cortinas ecortinas@kristv.com

Increased Use of Human Growth Hormone by Teens

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS- Many young people want to change their appearance by bulking up, but some are opting for a short-cut which includes a product known as Human Growth Hormone, or HGH.

Recently there's been an increase to teen usage, but most don't know the impact it can have on the body.

HGH is produced naturally in young brains to regulate body composition, fluids, and growth. Those born with a deficiency are prescribed the drug to stimulate the release of a more natural amount.

However, this drug is being sold illegally and teens are getting their hands on it for a more muscular look.

"Easier than you think," that's how accessible getting Human Growth Hormone is for anyone said one person who's used the substance before.

"John," his name has been changed because admitting to buying HGH from an underground source is illegal, started taking HGH after watching a documentary on body building and wanted that type of muscle increase fast.

"I went to a doctor and got testosterone and I went on-line for other stuff. you can actually go on-line," "John" said.

"John" pays up to 5-hundred dollars for a 12 to 15 week cycle of HGH, then gives himself two to three injections a week and he isn't alone, pediatricians receive similar requests for the drug.

Dr. Edward Borchard, pediatrician at Tots and Teens, said, "I get patients that always ask me and typically these are patients that want to get the upper edge."

Dr. Borchard says there's no data that supports HGH increasing muscle mass or size, but negative results could be detrimental to young body development.

"The side effects of it is that it can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, and there's people that can actually stroke and have heart attacks from this," said Borchard.

Pharmacists are also cautioning those who buy the drug from an unknown source.

Christy Berry, a compound pharmacist, at Kelly's Pharmacy said, "You don't even know what you're getting as far as the purity as far as the efficacy. I mean there is no way to know that it actually is what it's being marketed for or that it's not adulterated, which can be contaminated, which can be very dangerous."

Even though "John" admits is scared of the short term effects; the attention he gets and new look are worth it to him.

"I was laying in bed and my elbows and my knees were killing me because it dries up your joints and it also lowers the sperm count so if i want to have a family in a couple of years, how's my sperm count going to be? I might (still use it) because i want to do competitions, sponsorships, and the money's high,'" "John" said.

As of now, "John" has stopped using HGH because of it's so expensive.

Meanwhile, doctors say if you want a lean body there's no better way to get it than by diet, exercise, and plenty of rest.


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