This infographic is about human growth hormone. I found myself quite interested in it, because I have no idea uses HGH has, and I was excited to learn something new. You learn a lot by looking at infographics. The internet is a wealth of information, if you know how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Not to say that this is chaff. I am still learning about it. But I digress…
What is HGH?
They start out by telling you what HGH is – a group of amino acids that increase the level of growth hormone found in the pituitary gland. They go on to say that there is a connection between the human growth hormone and again. They tell us, in a little side bit, that the pituitary gland produces IGF-1, or growth hormone 1. Good to know, but I am still not clear on what HGH does in regards to aging.
They tell you that HUH declines significantly with age – from age 20 to age 60 it falls 80%. Then they talk about “users” of HGH, but they don’t go into WHAT it is used for and HOW it is used, only WHO uses it. Do they mean “using” in their pituitary gland produces it naturally, or that they take more of it as a supplement? I guess they mean taking it in, since they discuss prescriptions. They say that most HGH prescriptions go to people over the age of 20, and that the majority of users are between ages 40 and 60.
They start out this section talking about the affects of HGH deficiency, how it negatively impacts vital organ function and that HGH supplementation increase quality of life and makes the user feel younger. They break it into sections, talking about HGH to help those with stunted growth reach a taller adult height, and how HGH is commonly used on children with below-average height. They talk about athletes who use HGH, saying that they perform better, and that in conjunction with testosterone, HGH dramatically increases performance. They talk about HGH for older people, and how it can increase muscle mass and decrease fat. They claim “this shift in body composition is the same as turning back the clock 10 to 20 years.”
Cost and Forms
There are many different ways of administering HGH, including injection, oral spray, nasal spray, and pills, and that of the $622 million spent on HGH in 2004, injection is the most expensive form to receive HGH. The least expensive is the oral spray. I wonder what that tastes like.
Other Uses and the FDA
The infographic also states that HGH deficiency can be a factor in depression, and that some of the 16% of the US population affected by depression could benefit from this type of treatment. So far, only the expensive injection is FDA-approved, and usually only to very short children, though that’s interesting considering the earlier information that most uses are over the age of 20. Are doctors prescribing something that is not FDA-approved, or are users getting HGH from a non-medical source? The infographic does not address that.
It’s very clever that they made the background green like a leaf – it brings to mind nature, health, and wellness. I do think the section where they showed a bunch of stick figures and greened out the ones that represented the 16% of depressed Americans was a filler sections, but oh well.
I don’t know. Is this stuff safe to use? I didn’t know about all the different forms of HGH, or the statistics on who takes it, or how much it costs, or the benefits, but the source information comes from non-government sites, so I wonder what I would find if I searched a government site to find out more. But, that aside, the information provided was well-executed.