According to a national, large-scale study, the use of human growth hormone (HGH) by US teens has more than doubled, as teens experiment with performance-enhancing and image-enhancing drugs.
According to the confidential 2013 study, 3,705 kids were questioned about their performance or image-enhancing drug use by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDFK), of which 11% reported using synthetic HGH at least once. Data from 2012 showed around 5% had tried performance-enhancing drugs, so figures doubled in year 2013.
The same survey also showed an increase in anabolic steroid use amongst teens, up from 5% to 7%.
However, there seems to be some problems with the report, as real pharmaceutical grade HGH is hard to come by and extremely expensive. Legitimate pharmaceutical grade injectable Genotropin by Pfizer, is priced at around $250 per 16units, making an effective cycle lasting months several thousand dollars. What the data in this study might show is them consuming fake products, or dietary supplements labelled similar HGH or herbal HGH boosters.
The data also indicates HGH is more popular than anabolic steroids, which is also incorrect. Steroids are much easier too obtain locally in gyms and from online steroid sources. The performance and image changes associated with anabolic steroids are also far more pronounced, taking days and weeks, whereas HGH gains are negligible and results seen after 4-6 months of continues use.
Anabolic steroids and HGH come with a long list of temporary and some permanent side effects. Teenagers, with a still growing and underdeveloped endocrine system, can be more susceptible to these side effects, some serious.
Steroids side effects include; acne, high blood pressure, stunted growth in teens, testicular shrinkage, erectile dysfunction, gynecomastia and liver and kidney damage.
This report is questionable, and looks more like anti-drug foundations and the media using a flawed piece of data, attempting to shed a dark light on the dietary and supplement industry, most of all the GH boosting niche.
That said, we absolutely do not suggest teens use anabolic steroids or HGH, due to legalities and negative health effects.