Breaking the HGH lawHaving recently passed his 40th birthday, Graham Marks was beginning to notice how the years were taking their toll. Despite being a dedicated gym-goer, he had started to put on weight and found his energy levels flagging. But the final straw came when he tore a ligament in his leg. Doctors told him it would take him three months of wearing a brace before he would recover. Almost unanimously, they suggested he did what they did — start injecting himself with a substance called human growth hormone HGH.
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Having recently passed his 40th birthday, Graham Marks was beginning to notice how the years were taking their toll. Despite being a dedicated gym-goer, he had started to put on weight and found his energy levels flagging. But the final straw came when he tore a ligament in his leg.
Doctors told him it would take him three months of wearing a brace before he would recover. Almost unanimously, they suggested he did what they did — start injecting himself with a substance called human growth hormone HGH. In pursuit of youth: But injecting HGH could actually take years off your life.
Naturally made in the pituitary gland, the hormone stimulates growth. In the past, it was harvested from corpses before being injected into below-average-height children. Now synthesised in laboratories, it is being used in ways never originally intended. In that time, he has lost two-and-a-half-stone in weight and put on a noticeable amount of muscle.
But, he says, there is more. When used in moderation, it will slow down ageing in the body. And it helps to heal everything quicker. Last year, when the bad flu went around, I had friends who were ill with it for up to two weeks.
I caught it and recovered in a few days. On top of that, he noticed an increase in his sexual libido and improvement in the condition of his skin. A friend who is also using it reported that his thinning hair had started to re-grow. Earlier this summer, singer Robbie Williams admitted he had consulted doctors in LA about taking HGH simply so he could look and feel younger. Singers looking for a miracle: Robbie Williams admits to having consulted doctors about using HGH and Madonna is rumoured to have used it.
The rich and famous queue up at his New York clinic to be treated with the drug. Very few people are disappointed. Of course, the ministrations of Dr Bissoon do not come cheap: And therein lies the rub. The vast majority of those using HGH both here and in America cannot afford such costs. Instead, they purchase it over the internet from foreign-based websites and then inject themselves. In so doing, they blindly trust that what they are sent actually does contain some HGH — rather than being counterfeit or contaminated with unknown substances that could harm or even kill them.
HGH is not licensed as an anti-ageing drug. While some studies have suggested it can help the body heal itself and improve athletic performance, other experts believe its anti-ageing abilities have been wildly exaggerated. Worse still, there are growing concerns about the dangers that HGH may pose to health.
Studies show that high levels can lead to swelling of the soft tissues in the body; abnormal growth of the hands, feet and face; high blood pressure; blood clots; diabetes; increased sweating; and excessive hair growth. Organs — including the heart, liver and kidneys — may also undergo excessive growth, leading to potentially life-threatening problems such as cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle.
Cancer risks are also thought to increase. Given that, many will be surprised at just how easy HGH is to obtain in this country. Manufactured under trade names such as Saizen, Genotropin, Norditropin, Humatrope, Zomacton and Nutropin aq, there are dozens of websites offering it for sale.
The vast majority of these are unregulated and based abroad, thereby sidestepping any risk of prosecution under British laws. Like steroids, HGH is a class C drug which is illegal to supply. It should only be available from a doctor on prescription to treat severe growth disorders or conditions such as Aids-related muscle wastage.
But at the same time, it is not illegal to possess, if possession is for personal use. In other words, if someone is caught with relatively small amounts of HGH, they are unlikely to have any action taken against them. And so the internet has become the main channel into the UK and its use — once confined to athletes hoping to gain an illegal edge — has become widespread. Syringes had been left in the changing rooms and even on the gym floor. Meanwhile, online keep-fit forums are awash with people trading information and advice about the drug.
And it helps to heal everything quicker'. Last week, a man calling himself Big Chris posted the following: I used to be a bit of a gym buff, 13st of muscle but went to seed when I met my girlfriend. What would you expect to pay for HGH?
What this man is about to purchase will no doubt have been imported from abroad. And, more worryingly, he will have no idea as to what it is he is about to start injecting into himself. The dangers of this Russian roulette approach to self-medication were highlighted last year in a series of raids by police and officers from the Medicines And Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency MHRA.
Tests on the confiscated pharmaceuticals showed high levels of counterfeiting and contamination with other drugs, suggesting those making them fail to clean equipment in between manufacturing runs. Illegal suppliers have no quality control or standards to abide by.
Using GHG has become seen as a viable alternative to plastic surgery - for men and women. But it is not just gym-users who are taking HGH. The main role of HGH in the body is to boost growth during childhood. As people reach their mids, our natural production of the hormone begins to slow. By topping up those levels, the belief is that the effects of ageing can be countered.
While it is not illegal to prescribe drugs such as HGH for conditions for which they were not originally licensed, many doctors, such as Lionel Bissoon, insist they only ever use HGH after extensive blood and hormone tests show there is a deficiency. After that, you will need frequent monitoring, which means more blood tests — and more money.
It can run into thousands a year. But even the positive effects were temporary. I lost some fat, but not my wrinkles. One person who has first-hand experience of its effects is Dr Cecilia Tregear, a Harley Street medic who specialises in hormone treatments.
What I noticed were initial, apparently positive effects on my energy levels and my libido rather than physical changes. My feeling is that the benefits have been exaggerated. Her view is backed up by a review of all the research into HGH conducted by scientists at Stanford University in California in It concluded that using the growth hormone resulted in small changes in body composition and an increased likelihood of conditions such as diabetes.
But words such as that are unlikely to carry much truck with the likes of Graham Marks who believe that, in HGH, they have found the secret to eternal youth.
But could it actually end up taking years off his life? It is something that he and the others taking part in this dangerous experiment will only discover when it is too late. Graham Marks is a pseudonym. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
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