Hgh vs testosterone...which one is better? Which one should I get? And again, which one is safer?
I'd like to give a quick but detailed explanation of both, so that we can finally understand which one does what, and what differences there are between the two.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
HGH is a natural hormone produced by the anterior area of our brain, and it is an anabolic hormone that stimulates bones and muscle tissues growth through metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
There are also synthetic versions of this hormone on the market, one legal (for medical treatment) and one illegal (sold in gyms, internet etc..).
Beside medical purposes, the use of hgh for fitness started around 1990.
For medical use, hgh injections are recommended for children and seniors who have a deficiency of this hormone due to a lack of production by the pituitary.
This hormone generates some changes in our body: it decreases fat mass and increases muscle mass. For this reason, in the 90's, bodybuilders began to use the artificial type of this hormone, taking either oral pills and injections, with the aim to increase lean body mass before races and competitions.
This caused changes in the healthy hormonal balance of the athletes.
Years later, studies conducted by Dr. Frinch showed that the increase of lean body mass caused by hgh, must not be attributed to an increase of the protein, but rather to an increase of intracellular water in muscle fibers.
This is what is called a "false positive" because the muscles don't actually grow as "protein tissues".
Since other studies have reported the same results, we realize that for many years fitness athletes have compromised their health by breaking the hormonal balance of their bodies, thinking to increase muscle strength and endurance for competition.
In reality there was no difference in endurance and muscle strength between those who took hgh and other who took placebo during those studies.
HGH Side Effects
I think the biggest difference between hgh vs testosterone is that taking hgh does not cause any positive effect for the athlete: it does not increase strength or muscle endurance, but it causes a number of health problems such as:
- insulin resistance (hyperinsulinemia)
- risk to suffer from congestive heart failure
Hgh excess causes mild swelling of the tissues, hands, face and feet.
One of the risks is the enlargement of organs such as liver and pancreas, which can lead to diabetes and liver diseases.
The International Olympic Committee has banned the use of this hormone for athletes. Since then, any sale or use is considered illegal.
I realized that most bodybuilders believe that the effects of growth hormone are very similar to those of testosterone...and many wonder...hgh vs testosterone: what should I take?
In fact the hormone that is generally used is testosterone, the male sex hormone produced by the testicles.
This hormone was used already in 1936 during the Olympic Games in Berlin.
Testosterone decreases body fat, increases lean body mass and increases endurance during training.
Testosterone needs to be injected, because oral pills would be destroyed by stomach enzymes.
However, on the marked you can find anabolic androgenic steroids (EAA), which are synthetic drugs that try to imitate testosterone effects without the negative effects of increasing its levels in athletes.
This drug can be either injected and taken orally. EAA drugs are widely used by athletes, especially those in the world of fitness and those who exercise power and endurance.
Studies have shown an increase in lean body mass with the use of these drugs.
Testosterone Side Effects
However, they also showed that it may cause some health problems, including:
- hair loss
- increased aggression
- possible suicidal thoughts
- increased possibility of committing acts of violence, even murder
Testosterone side effects should not be underestimated, but if you want my opinion about the comparison hgh vs testosterone, I would still prefer testosterone if we look at the results.
Chronic and long term use leads to suffer from coronary heart disease, because it causes changes in the structure of coronary tissue. It may also decrease good cholesterol, and increase blood pressure.
Another negative effect over the long period is the damage to tendons and joints: it may cause weakening with risk of rupture.
Also a high number of cases of liver disease has been registered by the use of these drugs, including liver cancer.
In conclusion, Olympic Committees and the FDA considered these products illegal and harmful. They related them only to the black market, denying permission for the legal healthcare sale because of the serious damages they cause to health, especially on teenagers.
In Conclusion, Hgh vs Testosterone: Which One Should I Take?
Ok I get it...I told you about one and the other, but now you want to know the answer, and here it is.
This is just MY opinion tho.
If you look at the benefits for a bodybuilder (or anyone that wants to build muscle) I would totally choose testosterone if you ask me which one is better between hgh vs testosterone.
The reason is...usually, not always but...usually people tend to have lower (than normal) levels of testosterone due to their lifestyle, age etc. so it's safer to take T-supplements, at least to bring the levels back up to normal.
I always recommend to stop when you reach the normal levels and to never abuse hormone supplements because of the side effects that I just described.
In the battle Testosterone vs HGH the first one wins also because several of the benefits of hgh have been debunked by various studies.
I know people who took hgh and others who took testosterone supplements. Basically those that took testosterone had much better results.
I have also taken testosterone boosters because my levels were down for a while, and I managed to go back to normal.
I want to specify that I took natural testosterone boosters and not injections (which may inhibit your natural production over the long period).
Have you tried one or the other? Or both?
If you have, please share your preference between HGH vs Testosterone, and tell us why, thank you!
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