With drugs tests getting tougher all the time, is increasing HGH levels in Sportsmen cheating? How do individuals increase their levels and should it always be classed as unfair? Questions we hope to shed some light on.
What are the Advantages of an Increased level of HGH in an Athlete?
Going back to the middle of the last century it was first recognised that human growth hormone played a significant part in the development of our body. Actual growth hormone was taken from dead bodies and injected into children who suffered from stunted growth. Using actual HGH is now illegal and has been replaced by a synthetic version.
With further scientific research it is now recognised that the growth hormone plays a major role in the development of new cells and the health and repair of old cells. For athletes this can provide major benefits which include:
- Increased energy levels
- Better weight management
- Quicker recovery from injury and illness
- Improved mental focus
- Greater percentage of muscle mass
As you can, see the advantages of improving the levels of HGH can be extremely beneficial to Sportsmen of all disciplines; but is this always cheating?
In many sports throughout the world HGH testing is now becoming the norm. At the end of 2011 major-league baseball in the US was in negotiations to introduce it into their sport and this is an example of what is being repeated throughout the rest of sport. But how do they test for HGH?
How Do You Increase the Levels of HGH?
As we have already discussed originally actual HGH was injected which increase the levels within an individuals body. This was superseded by a synthetic version of the growth hormone with actual HGH being made illegal due to fears of spreading CJD.
There is a third option which comes in the form of HGH releasers. These supplements are perfectly legal and freely available over the counter. They contain only natural substances and are designed to encourage your body to produce more of its own HGH. Are these supplements any different from others that we consume, including Sportsmen, to get the most out of our body.
So I ask the question again: how do they test for HGH? If it is purely on levels of HGH then would this be fair to those who are just taking natural supplements that are good for the body? Could it be that these supplements themselves contain banned substances? That’s a question that can only be answered by the individual sports bodies.
Who Are the HGH Cheats?
Certainly somebody who injects chemicals designed to enhance performance must, in normal circumstances, be considered a cheat.
Is this the same as an individual who takes supplements consisting of purely natural ingredients which encourages the secretion of HGH? If it is then taking extra vitamin C must be classed as cheating. So Is Increasing HGH Levels in Sportsmen Cheating?
One thing is for sure that to enjoy life to the full and to keep the effects of ageing at bay we would be foolish not to encourage the secretion of human growth hormone. Nobody will accuse us of cheating!