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10 Interesting Facts About HGH

Here are a few things you probably didn't know about human growth hormone.

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1. IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD

Human growth hormone (or HGH) production is regulated by your anterior pituitary gland, a pea-size structure at the base of the brain. Healthy adult males should have from one to nine nanograms per milliliter of HGH in their blood.

SEE ALSO: Everything You Need to Know About Human Growth Hormone

2. THE EARLY DAYS

In the 1960s scientists began using HGH to treat children with growth disorders caused by irregularities in the pituitary gland. Their source of HGH back then: cadavers. It took 20 years to create a synthetic version.

3. GOING ROGUE

One especially awful side effect of harvesting from cadavers was Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which was triggered by a nefarious protein called a prion (often found in bunk HGH) that chews holes in the brain. 

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