The human growth hormone is a natural substance that is secreted by the pituitary glands at the base of the brain. This hormone helps in the development of bone and muscle tissues – a necessary element in normal human growth. However, as people age, the level of hormonal secretion diminishes, and then it takes a long time for bones to repair itself when unfortunate incidents happen. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that is usually brought on by the onset of maturity or by other medically related bone dysfunctions. Having osteoporosis increases a person's risk of bone fracture or "bone break."
In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density or BMD is reduced. This causes the disruption of bone microarchitecture and the amount plus variety of non-collageneous proteins in the bone is altered. Simply put, the bone structure slows down the process of reinforcing itself with new protein materials, which makes bones less porous but more susceptible to breakage. Osteoporosis is often detected in women who have undergone menopause: a condition called post-menopausal osteoporosis.
However, men also acquire osteoporosis, as well as women who are years ahead of their menopausal stage. This medical condition can also be seen in individuals who have hormonal disorders or hormonal imbalance; individuals with chronic diseases; chronic smokers; and individuals who take certain medications particularly steroids which leads to steroid-induced osteoporosis (SIOP) or glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP.)
Introducing, or rather reintroducing human growth hormones into the body can work both as a preventive measure against and as an aid for slowing down osteoporosis. Bone degeneration is a likely occurrence in all humans, and there is no known cure yet to halt the erosion of bone tissue. The process can nonetheless, be slowed down in such a way that the patients can cope with less or little pain.
Coupled with a change in lifestyle (and even a change in medication-intake,) taking human growth hormones can help a person build up its bone mineral density or BMD again. Once BMD is stable, the production of bone proteins also stabilizes, reinforcing the porous part of the bones or bone marrow, and thereby making the skeletal frame harder yet more flexible. This flexibility is the key to help keep bone fractures at bay. Bones break because they become very brittle or too rigid.
Needless to say, (but we'll say it anyway) breaking your bones is not a pleasant experience. Even a hairline fracture in the bone structure can cause debilitating pain and worse, immobility. Healing bones will take weeks and even months, depending on the many variables like the extent of bone break, the way in which the bone is broken, the age of the person and if there are medical complications such as the onset of bone related diseases.
Unfortunately, for those who already have osteoporosis, broken bones take longer to mend. This is due to the fact that this medical condition forces slows down further the devlopment of the human growth hormone. Taken in prescribed dosages, this hormone can help speed up the production of BMD again, and may aid in strengthening bones against simple "accidents" which may lead to bone break or fractures.