Dangers of Human Growth Hormone!
To be completely transparent, there is a need for human growth hormone injections for a specific population group. HGH has been shown to be useful in the treatment of children and adults who have significant growth hormone deficiencies. However, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists strongly warns against the use of growth hormone injections for those with overweight/obesity issues or as an anti-aging treatment.
Robert N. Butler, M.D., the noted gerontologist has also weighed in on this matter. According to Dr. Butler, “Although hormone-replacement trials have yielded some positive results (at least in the short term), it is clear that negative side effects can also occur in the form of increased risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, and behavior changes.”
One of the main dangers of human growth hormone injections is the unregulated effect it can have on the overproduction of IGF-1 concentrations. This can lead to some very serious side effects like:
Swelling in the arms and legs
Carpal tunnel and arthritis-like symptoms
Headaches and general muscle pain
Abnormal growth of the bones and internal organs
High blood pressure
Hardening of the arteries
Why should a person have to, potentially, put his health in jeopardy to compete with other players who don't mind being cheating dogs?
And whether baseball does or does not test for them is irrelevant. It is against the law. There are some FDA-approved reasons for doctors to prescribe synthetic HGH. I did not see "to become a cheating-dog baseball player" on that list.