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Growth hormone in sports - its effect on the body and application features
The polypeptide hormone somatropin, abbreviated as STH, got its second name "growth hormone", due to the fact that it intensively accelerates linear growth (this is the one that is "tall"). Of course, this primarily applies to those who do not have a closed growth zone - to children, adolescents and young people. But this is far from the only effect that STH has on the human body.
In adults who are already fully formed and do not grow any longer "in length", growth hormone acts as an anabolic, that is, it accelerates metabolic reactions and promotes better absorption of those elements that help build muscle mass. The penetration of amino acids into muscles is increased, which causes hypertrophy (increase in thickness) of muscle fibers. And if before the start of taking growth hormone in the body it was not enough, then it is likely that an improvement in well-being and mood, and even a general improvement in memory and cognitive functions of the brain, is possible.
Growth hormone is produced in the human body by the pituitary gland endogenously, so to speak, in a natural way, and, naturally, the greatest amount of somatropin is observed in our blood in childhood and during puberty (puberty), and its level steadily decreases with age. They stimulate the natural production of STH by the body, normal full sleep, regular physical activity, and a protein diet. Obesity, hyperglycemia and other metabolic disorders suppress the formation of this hormone.
What is interesting and not very well known: somatropin, among other things, is also a stress hormone. It, like adrenaline, "automatically" rises sharply in our blood in stressful situations, increasing protein synthesis and helping the body to cope with a difficult situation with minimal consequences. Likewise, it promotes rapid healing of the effects of various sports injuries and faster recovery after intense training. That is why growth hormone is a fairly popular and often used pharmacological agent in sports. Athletes take STH to increase their endurance, to burn fat faster during exercise and to quickly build muscle.
Features of the use of growth hormone in sports.
Growth hormone is a very powerful stimulant and a really wonderful remedy, but in order for the use of somatropin to bring you the expected result, it is not enough just to take it according to the instructions, like conventional drugs or pills, you need to comply with a number of additional conditions.
First, it is advisable that a doctor or an experienced trainer determine the dosage that is acceptable for you. The dosage of growth hormone directly depends on the person's age, on the state of his body, on physical activity, hormonal levels and many more additional factors. The activity of the drug is expressed in units of action. The dosage acceptable for athletes is from 4 to 8 IU per day, for those who are engaged in power sports and want to build muscle mass - no less than 12-16 IU.
Secondly, the effect of somatropin (both endogenous, what is produced by the body itself, and what is taken) is enhanced (potentiated) by additional drugs, for example, small doses of short-acting insulin and / or sex hormones (methyltestosterone, testosterone propionate, testosterone phenylpropionate, etc.). As you can imagine, their safe dosage should also be prescribed by an experienced specialist. Additionally, the effect of growth hormone is enhanced by the intake of anabolic and androgenic steroids.
Thirdly, when taking STH, you must strictly observe a certain training regimen. Usually this is a medium-intensity training, but quite long in time. Consider the fact that the effectiveness of the use of growth hormone is always higher in the summer than at any other time of the year.
One of the main conditions for the correct effect of STH on the athlete's body is correct, frequent and balanced nutrition. Metabolic processes are so accelerated that you will need 7-8 meals a day for serious muscle growth. Moreover, the diet should be not only high in protein, but also balanced with carbohydrates and fats. And in order for the body to receive everything necessary for accelerated growth in a timely manner, you need to take food every 1.5 - 2 hours. The diet should be based on fresh meat, dairy products, eggs, cereals, vegetables. In addition, do not forget about vitamin and mineral complexes. Taking "supplements for bodybuilders", dry mixes and other cans, bottles, which are sold in sports stores, are best to think about last.
To achieve a visible sustained effect on building muscle mass, the course of taking growth hormone should last at least 2.5-3 months (maximum - 4). And after that, there must be a break of the same duration, so as not to cause the effect of addiction to hormone injections.
Professional athletes who regularly use growth hormone also include thyroid hormones in their intake cycle in order to prevent its normal functioning. Since with frequent and prolonged use of somatropin, an increase in the thyroid gland and some of its dysfunction are possible.
As you can see, there are a lot of these very additional conditions and one cannot do without consulting a specialist. After all, improper (or excessive) use of growth hormone in sports can lead to serious metabolic disorders, hypoglycemia, decreased insulin activity, increased blood pressure and other equally unpleasant consequences. Whereas the right reception and the right dosage for you can do a real miracle with your body.
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