HGH Therapy: Are You a Candidate
Diagnosing hormonal deficiencies— and deciding whether to seek HGH therapy— can be a bit tricky. Because HGH affects so many aspects of health and well-being, the symptoms of HGH deficiency are many and varied. One person may complain of general malaise (no interest in sex, body feels flabby and tired, depression and/or anxiety) while the next person suffers from thinning bones, abdominal fat and dry skin.
The only way to know if you would benefit from HGH therapy is to have an HGH physician (endocrinologist or anti-aging specialist) order a blood test. The body produces only about half the HGH for a person in their 40s as it did when they were in their 20s. After that, the decline in HGH hormone levels is about 15% each year. Since this is the youth hormone, it is easy to see why we start to feel, well, old— and how HGH therapy can turn back the clock, in terms of energy, physique, libido, mood . . . all the things that make life worth living.
Everybody is different. Sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone are produced in every one of us, both men and women, in different quantities. The ranges of amounts of various hormones are what makes us unique individuals. Likewise, HGH therapy is tailored to a patient’s personal chemistry. Even measuring HGH levels requires some experience. The body produces HGH at night time or after exercise, so the level can vary depending on the time of the draw (blood sample). That’s why you need a specialist— an HGH physician— to diagnose and prescribe HGH therapy.
Should You Consider HGH Therapy?
HGH therapy was approved by the FDA some 30 years ago. Since then, HGH therapy has been widely used as a supplement for adults with HGH deficiency. But how do you know if the symptoms you feel are a sign of HGH deficiency?
It’s not merely age that makes a person feel that his vital energy is ebbing away. If there is no physical reason— such as disease— for a person’s complaints, HGH therapy should be considered.
HGH therapy is prescribed for the following reasons:
- loss of muscle
- increased fat, especially abdominal fat
- anxiety or depression
- poor cardiac function
- loss of interest in sex
- poor memory
- elevated triglycerides
- low energy levels
- baldness in men
Obviously, this powerful growth hormone affects a whole host of bodily functions, functions that HGH hormone therapy is designed to target.
HGH Therapy Slows Aging
We don’t know yet whether administering HGH therapy can actually extend lifespans. Research has expanded one thousand-fold over the past decade, but it will be a generation or two before these questions can be answered definitively. What we do know, from a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, is that HGH therapy can « reverse 10 to 20 years of aging [researchers words]. » HGH therapy is already employed to boost healing in post-surgical patients, by athletes for performance enhancement, and by people who simply want to live fully and well for a longer time.
The field is in its infancy. HGH therapy, some experts predict, will eventually be widely available to slow or reverse age-related declines. Some Miami-based experts believe that HGH is more benign and less likely to cause side effects than testosterone supplements. (In fact, it’s not gender-specific. Both men and women may benefit from HGH therapy.)
There are people who are not candidates for HGH therapy. Because HGH encourages tissue growth, anyone with an active cancer is discouraged from seeking HGH therapy. And it’s not known whether too much HGH can produce side effects— another reason to seek out a qualified HGH physician who specializes in HGH therapy.