by John Connor
Growth hormone (GH) ~ Human growth hormone (GH) is a protein made in the pituitary gland. GH is not only responsible for growth. It also plays an important role throughout an adult’s life by helping to regulate metabolism—the body’s ability to turn food into energy. Many bodybuilders use GH once they have hit a wall in their development with steroid use alone.
GH the next level?
GH is the next level for more experienced users of anabolic steroids. If you want to take your body to the next level, GH may be the next step. GH has clearly been shown to increase muscle mass and to enhance fat loss while improving recovery and even helping with injury repair, especially cartilage. It’s almost as if GH restores ones youth. This is exactly what the anti-aging industry believes GH does. In their writings it’s common to see them promote GH as the fountain of youth. Typically the goal is to replace hormone levels so replacement doses are commonly prescribed for anti-aging purposes. This usually falls in the range of 1-3iu GH daily. Male patients are usually screened to see if other hormones need to be replaced such as Testosterone. Up to 200mg of Testosterone weekly may be administered.
The fountain of youth for the aging
The following claims are made about GH and have been consistently reported by users for anti-aging purposes.
• Lowers fat stores and increases lean muscle mass
• Invigorates skin tone and suppleness
• Augments bone density to avoid osteoporosis
• Boosts brain power and increases memory retention
• Heightens the drive and interest to have sex
• Enhances the well-being and health of the whole body, both physically and mentally
• Assists in having a restful sleep
• Perks up the mind and reduces fatigue and depression
Obviously the anti-aging claims of GH are desirable but what about the gym rat or high level competitor who wants to utilize this growth promoting hormone? For anti-aging purposes, doses as low as 2iu daily will work but if losing body fat and packing on muscle are your goals then the lower GH doses are just not enough.
It is my opinion that maximal fat burning GH doses start somewhere around 4-6iu daily in men. For maximal fat burning AND adding maximal muscle mass that range appears to be around 8-12iu GH daily. No matter if your goal is anti-aging, fat lose or maximum fat lose AND increased muscle mass, I recommend at least 5 months of GH administration. GH is a long term commitment and there is a lesser benefit to using GH for shorter durations. This can be quite expensive so many users will skip days during the week. For example, the 5 on 2 off protocol is commonly used to get the desired effects but at the same time reduce cost. Essentially the user administers a daily dose Mon-Fri and then dose not administer a dose on the weekends. Another popular protocol is only using GH every other day. The EOD method has some scientific support so it would be my first recommendation for GH users who want to reduce cost.
What are the possible side effects of Growth Hormone?
You may experience discomfort, soreness, or redness where Human Growth Hormone is injected.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
Ongoing injection site discomfort
Curvature of the spine (scoliosis)
Puffy hands and/or feet (caused by fluid retention)
Changes in vision, a bad headache, or nausea with or without vomiting
Hip or knee pain
A need to limp when you walk
Pain in wrist (carpal tunnel)
Most GH kits come in small 10iu vials in boxes or kits of 10 vials. Essentially 100iu total. The reason they come in smaller vials is so the peptide does not degrade. If you mix a vial and do not use it for a 2 weeks or so the peptide will likely be degraded therefore if you mix GH in smaller vials it can be used very quickly before degrading of the peptide occurs.
Wash hands and sterilize work area. Sterilize rubber stoppers on vials with alcohol. GH may be reconstituted at various strengths. Using less bacteriostatic water will provide a higher concentration of final product which will allow for smaller injection volume.
With a 10iu kit, inject 1 ml (cc) into the vial with the GH powder. Direct the stream of water down the side of the glass, being careful not to direct the stream of water directly into the GH powder; swirl gently until powder is completely dissolved in solution. DO NOT SHAKE VIAL. Refrigerate solution.
The above example will yield 10iu of GH per 1 ml (cc) 100 units.
1/2 ml (50 units) will yield 5iu GH.
1/4 ml (25 units) will yield 2.5iu GH.
1/10th (10 units) will yield 1iu GH.
Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration. If the water is not clear, discard the product.
STABILITY AND STORAGE
Before Reconstitution – vials of TEV-TROPIN® are stable when refrigerated at 36° to 46°F (2° to 8°C). Expiration dates are stated on the labels.
After Reconstitution – vials of TEV-TROPIN® are stable for up to 14 days when reconstituted with bacteriostatic 0.9% sodium chloride (normal saline), USP, and stored in a refrigerator at 36° to 46°F (2° to 8°C). Do not freeze the reconstituted solution.
Many users report a synergy when using GH and Steroids together. It is commonly reported that the fat burning effects and gains in LBM are much more profound with GH and Testosterone. Therefore in order to maximize the benefits of GH I would not use it alone and highly recommend stacking GH with AAS. Testosterone has been proven to reduce body fat and increase LBM in a dose dependent relationship up to 600mg weekly. Therefore I recommend that experienced male users seeking performance enhancement administer at least 600mg of Testosterone weekly stacked with 5iu GH daily for a duration of 5 months. This stack will illicit significant increases in lean body mass and a significant reduction in body fat if nutrition, training and recovery are properly in place.
1. Effects of Human Growth Hormone in Men over 60 Years Old
2. Prevention of Growth Deceleration after Withdrawal of Growth Hormone Therapy in Idiopathic Short Stature
3. Synergistic effects of testosterone and growth hormone on protein metabolism and body composition in prepubertal boys.
4. The Effects of Growth Hormone and/or Testosterone in Healthy Elderly Men: A Randomized Controlled Trial
About the Author:
John Connor is a researcher in the field of performance enhancing drugs and nutrition related to the bodybuilding lifestyle. Connor writes frequently about the real life application of these compounds in an advisory and educational role. Connor is also an advocate of the decriminalization of male hormone use in adults. John Connor does not advocate readers engage in any illegal activity; always consult a medical doctor before using any medication.