There is a saying that growth hormone antagonizes insulin. Antagonism can be understood as resistance. Insulin is hypoglycemic, and growth hormone is resistant to insulin, which means that supplementing growth hormone will raise blood sugar. Is this really the case? And listen to decomposition.
The relationship between growth hormone and insulin can be divided into three aspects:
1. For blood sugar, as mentioned above, the two are opposites.
2. For fat, the two are also opposite. Insulin promotes cellular absorption of fatty acids and synthesis of fat. Growth hormone promotes cells to break down fat into fatty acids. Because of this, most young people are not too fat. But after middle age, people tend to be blessed, because the secretion of growth hormone is less, so the fat is broken down less, then the fat accumulation is more. In old age, people secrete less growth hormone, and those in middle age who don’t have a blessing will be blessed in old age.
3. In terms of protein, the role of insulin and growth hormone is common, each of which promotes the absorption of amino acids by cells and the synthesis of proteins.
Growth hormone and insulin also have a relationship with a third party, it is called “insulin-like growth factor”, the English abbreviation is IGF-1. There are dozens of cells in the body, such as liver cells, kidney cells, and pancreas cells, which secrete “insulin-like growth factor” under the action of growth hormone. Anything called “factors” can be understood as hormones. This “factor”, as the name suggests, is similar to the molecular structure of insulin.
In terms of blood sugar, “insulin-like growth factor” acts like insulin and can lower blood sugar.
For fat, “insulin-like growth factor” acts like growth hormone and can break down fat.
For proteins, the role of “insulin-like growth factor” is also similar to growth hormone, which can promote protein synthesis.
Now only for blood sugar, only the relationship between supplementation of exogenous growth hormone and “insulin-like growth factor”: supplementation of growth hormone, the secretion of “insulin-like growth factor” increases; After a short-term increase in blood glucose performance, it returns to its original level. Conclusion: The appropriate amount of exogenous growth hormone supplement does not affect blood glucose levels. Diabetics can try growth hormone and self-test blood sugar. If blood sugar returns to the original level after a short-term increase in performance, then you can continue to take growth hormone.
“Insulin-like growth factor” has also been factory-produced, supplementing the exogenous “insulin-like growth factor”, the hypoglycemic effect is even better than insulin.