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Human Growth Hormone

Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is one of the most misunderstood, and oft maligned hormones.  Part of this is due to its name.  Human Growth Hormone, (HGH) received its name from its first discovered function-that of making children grow taller.

Unfortunately, the word "growth" also has negative connotations, for most adults do not wish to grow taller.  This is not an issue, since once an adults growth plates are "closed," NO amount of human growth hormone (HGH) will be able to make them grow taller.  Growth plates close long before people start to need HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy. (HRT)

However, Human Growth Hormone has many other important functions as well, and our need for it continues throughout life, long after all growth has stopped.  A deficiency in HGH has a negative impact on your body and your health, no matter what your age.
So, if HGH wont make me grow taller, what DOES it do?

Human Growth Hormone is responsible for causing cells to repair themselves, divide and replace themselves.  Once a person is deficient in HGH, these processes happen much more slowly, or not at all.  This significantly accelerates aging.  These cellular repair and replacement processes are also responsible for protecting us from disease.  Thus Human Growth Hormone (HGH) deficiency causes a higher rate or a greater magnitude of diseases such as Diabetes, type II (Adult Onset), heart disease and heart attacks, strokes, and cancers.  HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to optimal levels reduces the risks of heart attacks, strokes and actually lowers the risk of cancers probably by improving immune system function.

A 10 year study of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Replacement Therapy (HRT)
reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported that the HGH group had:

    Less plaque in their arteries
    Increased muscle mass
    Improved lipid (cholesterol) parameters
    Decreased visceral fat (Larger amounts of visceral fat are a marker for heart disease.)
    Fewer Strokes
    Higher bone mass  with greater mineral density
    Increased feeling of well-being

than did the control groups who did not get Human Growth Hormone, (HGH).

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) reverses osteoporosis better than any of the bisphosphonates that your traditional physician may push at you, and the bone built by HGH is of normal structure and strong, whereas some evidence is coming out that bisphosphonates may build bone of improper structure and may actually make bones more brittle and prone to fracture!

What about Cancer?  Does HGH cause cancer?
Perhaps more fear-provoking, when tumors get worse, they "grow.  Yet there are no studies that show human growth hormone causing tumors, or causing them to grow.  This is one of those things that, on the surface, sounds logical yet has no science to back it up.  The fact is, that tumors grow by themselves without human growth hormone (HGH)-thats what tumors do.  That is a major part of the very problem, in fact.  If tumors required the normal hormonal and other signals to grow, they wouldnt BE tumors-they would be normally functioning tissue.

The fact is, that there is more scientific evidence that Human Growth Hormone (HGH) reduces your chances of getting cancer than anything else.  However, just to be safe, if someone does have an active cancer, Human Growth Hormone HRT is not recommended.
What about side effects of HGH?

Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) with Human Growth Hormone may include:

    Arthralgia (aching joints)
    Dependent Edema (A part of the body swells when held at a level lower than the heart.)
    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

These side effects are due mainly to fluid retention.  They are usually mild and almost always are temporary, and will resolve by themselves after the body gets used to the hormone being back at optimal levels.

 There are those who are concerned that Human Growth Hormone will worsen diabetes.  However, HGH has only shown this tendency in studies that use doses at over TEN TIMES THE DOSE used in bioidentical HRT.  In actual practice Human Growth Hormone, HGH in standard HRT optimization, actually causes a decrease in the insulin resistance that causes adult-onset diabetes.

How long does HGH take to work?
The results of Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can result in increased energy, vitality and improved wound healing within a few weeks of beginning HRT.  The positive benefits of improved bone density, mineralization and body sculpting usually begin to become apparent at about 6 months of therapy.  By about 12 months of therapy, the restoration of normal body composition (increased muscle mass and tone, decreased visceral fat and reversal of osteoporosis) is largely complete.  The metabolic effects (decreased insulin resistance/improvement of adult-onset diabetes and improvement of cholesterol panel) usually occur somewhere in-between.

How do you take HGH?
Human Growth Hormone is taken as a once-daily shot.  It is impressive how much more comfortable this has become in the last few years.  Needle are now available that are so small, they are often not felt.

How do you test for HGH deficiency?
Human Growth Hormone deficiency is tested (and treatment monitored) by checking IGF-1 levels.  (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1)  This is because Human Growth Hormone is secreted by the brain in a pulsatile manner.  HGH also has a very short half-life in the blood.  This means that if we tested for Human Growth Hormone directly, we wouldnt get useful information.  Either a high OR low HGH level could not be interpreted properly as it would not be known whether that HGH level was at a peak or low point.  However, HGH is directly converted to IGF-1 which has a half-life of about 20 hours.  This means that testing IGF-1 gives us an excellent picture of whether you have sufficient Human Growth Hormone levels, or if you are deficient in HGH.