Does Human Growth Hormone Slow Down the Aging Process?
Human growth hormone (HGH): Does it really slow aging process or is that hype? There are many web sites on the Internet saying human growth hormone does not slow down the aging process, but if this is the case, why are thousands of body builders, athletes, Hollywood actors, anti-aging doctors, and many more all swearing by it?
The claim from the ant-longevity web sites claim if you’re willing to pay thousands (actually hundreds), some anti-aging doctors promise to slow down even reverse the signs and symptoms of premature aging with human growth hormone (HGH). The anti-longevity sites say: “Before you sign up with HGH, get the facts about HGH.”
Since you were born, your body (pituitary gland / hypothalamus loop) normally naturally makes growth hormone to help generate and ensure growth during your childhood and to help maintain tissues and organs functions throughout your life, but over time the HGH levels in your body tend to decrease.
Beginning in your late 20’s, your pituitary gland which sites in the center base of your brain — the pea-sized structure at the base of your brain which looks like a cooked garbanzo bean — slowly reduces the amount of the hormone it produces.
Many ant-aging, longevity and cell regeneration medical doctors and scientists believe the dwindling level of HGH Human growth hormone is directly responsible for the slow death, aging symptoms and frailty that normally comes with getting older in the human life cycle. Moreover, this process and the supposed connection of aging with decline hormone levels has prompted many scientists and researchers who are concerned about aging and longevity to conjecture the link between HGH and slowing down the aging process. The amount of human growth hormone being sold worldwide is growing geometrically and thought to continue to do so and eventually lead HGH to be sold over the counter.
Many people who are concerned about the agony of slowly falling apart, growing old, looking old, feeling old and losing freedom, personal independence are turning to injections of bio-identical human growth hormone (HGH) to stave off the fact we are all becoming old, we will all eventually die.
The anti-longevity movement claims there’s little evidence to suggest human growth hormone is the Fountain of Youth. If this is the case, why are HGH sales growing geometrically? Millions of people can’t be wrong or can they?
Who should take or needs human growth hormone?
Answer: Adults with Genuine Deficiency
Bio-Identical HGH human growth hormone is available only by prescription from a physician and is administered through a subcutaneous injects (in the belly or love handles). Human Growth Hormone is currently approved to treat adults and children with growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone deficiency can be caused by pituitary tumors, genetics, poor diet, premature aging and radiation or surgery to the pituitary gland, among many other causes due to life style or environmental factors.
Human growth hormone is also approved for:
- Children with short stature – although the question should be why is being short a bad thing, there will always be short and tall people; it’s all relative.
- Children with kidney failure – note: HGH has been shown in some studies to have regenerative properties on the internal organs, not just the kidneys, but also all the other organs.
- Children with Prayer – Willis syndrome – helps with symptoms
- Children with Turner’s syndrome – helps with symptoms
- Muscle wasting associated with AIDS and HIV – note: Although many in the anti-longevity movement have claimed HGH does not improve Muscle strength, tone and burn fat, many athletes who have used HGH have found there muscle strength and fat burning significantly higher than without.
Studies of adults with growth hormone deficiencies show that injections of human growth hormone can:
- Increase muscle mass – note: some studies suggest lean muscle mass, strength and density.
- Increase bone density – note: some studies have shown the strengthening of bones, some studies have shown the lengthening of the bones, others have claimed the temporary loss of mineral density, then lengthening of the bones, then the re-strengthening of bones. Most studies suggest HGH has an excellent effect on the bones.
- Decrease body fat – especially adipose tissue (around the belly) for men and for women, the trouble areas, thighs, stomach and hips
- Bolster the heart’s ability to contract – note: which also might be why many athletes and body builders report more stamina, endurance and recovery from intense workouts using HGH.
- Improve mood and motivation – many people with depression have reported significantly less depression using HGH, less mood swings, improved memory, some studies suggest it regenerates brain cells. One satellite technician from the west coast reported superior ability to do mathematical computations.
- Increase exercise capacity – note: Improved heart function, improved muscle development, improved cardiovascular health, and regeneration of all tissues in the body are the claims made by those who support HGH Human Growth Hormone replacement therapy.
Because of all the alleged and confirmed benefits of HGH, many believe that by replacing HGH in the body to more youthful levels, the general result is more youthful vitality overall. More than not, the people using HGH correctly under doctors’ supervision have reported positive benefits.
What can human growth hormone do for healthy older adults who don’t need it?
Studies of healthy older adults taking human growth hormone are limited. Many involve a small number of people followed for a short period of time. The studies that have been conducted have found that human growth hormone injections can increase muscle mass and reduce the amount of body fat in healthy older adults.
That increase in muscle doesn’t translate into increased strength. Though the study participants gained muscle, they weren’t any stronger. One study compared older men who took human growth hormone with older men who went through strength training programs. The bottom line: Strength training can increase both your muscle mass and your strength, making it cheaper and more effective than taking human growth hormone.
It isn’t clear whether human growth hormone can provide other benefits, such as increased bone density and improved mood, to healthy adults. Most of the research into human growth hormone has focused on people with true growth hormone deficiencies.
Are there any risks to taking human growth hormone if you don’t need it?
Taking human growth hormone can cause a number of side effects, including:
- Arthritis-like symptoms
- Carpal tunnel symptoms
- Muscle pain
- Abnormal growth of bones and internal organs
- Hardening of the arteries
- High blood pressure
- Swelling in your arms and legs
Some evidence shows that side effects of human growth hormone treatments may be more likely in older adults than in younger adults. Also, because the studies of healthy adults taking human growth hormone have been short term, it isn’t clear whether these side effects could eventually dissipate or become worse. For instance, though human growth hormone produced arthritis-like symptoms, it isn’t clear if this would progress into arthritis. More study is needed.
Does human growth hormone come in pill form?
Some Web sites claim to sell a pill form of human growth hormone that produces results similar to the injected form of the drug. Sometimes these are called human growth hormone releasers. There’s no proof that these claims are true. In fact, if you were to swallow human growth hormone, it would likely be digested by your stomach acids and not absorbed into your body.
Web sites also sell homeopathic remedies claiming to contain human growth hormone. There’s no proof that these work, either.
Talk it over with your doctor
Your doctor can explain more about how human growth hormone works in your body and whether it’s something your body needs more of. If you have specific concerns about aging, such as gaining weight, your doctor can suggest ways to improve your health safely. Taking simple steps, such as eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables and exercising daily, can help keep your body in shape and help you feel better about yourself as you get older.
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