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Is your child doping?

Doping is really getting to be an issue!
Doping is really getting to be an issue!
Associated Press

Everything today seems to be based around what looks good. This includes many an athletes’ physique. And, just like every other part of our lives, there seems to be a drug to fix this.

The drug is HGH and in its natural form, it is actually good for our health. The trouble is, it is hard to come by in pure form, makes drug companies a lot of money when plentiful and therefore there are more fake versions of HGH on the market than natural ones. This is where the trouble comes in!

Too much of any one good thing can become a bad thing. That is why ‘doping’ is not warranted or allowed in high school sports, college sports, or professional sports.

According to an article that was written up last week in the Daily Herald, a survey they wrote about revealed that “It’s very difficult to know what exactly is in the substances teens are consuming, or what the short- and long-term impact on their health may be.”

The Mayo Clinic has begun compiling a list of possible hazards and side-effects that doping can have on a person taking fake HGH products. So far the list includes the following:

· Stunted growth

· Acne

· Liver problems

· Shrunken testicles for boys and excess facial hair for girls

And this is just what is known to date. As long-term use is measured, there could even be more severe outcomes that are yet to be revealed.

Yes, sports are important. Most colleges look at whether or not your child is doing extra-curricular events besides just attending classes. The combination of outside activities, philanthropy and good grades will help get your well-rounded child into a college of their choosing.

While you may be aware of all of their activities, what you need to concentrate on is that they are not taking substances to enhance their performance! Mayo Clinic urges parents to be aware!

If you locate packaging from a substance that you are unfamiliar with, make certain that you carefully check the ingredients (as these fake HGH products are over-the-counter (OTC) substances). Look out for warning signs on the labels. The warnings may include increased aggressiveness and rapid weight gain.

While you may not be present when your child is changing, if you have suspicions, get your child to their health care professional to check out if your kid has needle marks – especially on the buttocks or thighs. This, too, may be a sure sign of doping.

Your child is your world. You want the best for your world so make sure that your child does not fall prey to the many performance enhancing drugs out there that others may encourage them to take. The more aware you are about HGH and doping, the better off everyone in your household will be!