The Relationship between Growth Hormone and Alzheimer’s
Recent studies have shown that low levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in men.
Growth hormone is an important hormone for many bodily functions. It stimulates the growth and renewal of all cells and tissues.
Of course, HGH literally plays a vital role in how we grow from children to adults. However, we are learning more and more each day about the critical role that growth hormone continues to play throughout your life.
Your ability to fight disease, your ability to build muscle and maintain strong bones, and how well you burn fat, are all reliant on adequate levels of growth hormone. Growth hormone also improves heart health, promotes healthier cholesterol levels, and as indicated by these recent studies, may also help prevent the cognitive decline and dementia typical of Alzheimer’s patients.
Growth Hormone and Healthy Brain Function
A 2012 study tested the effects on brain function of a drug, known as Egrifta (Tesamorelin) that stimulates increased production of Growth Hormone.
Tesamorelin is already approved by the FDA for use in combating the weight loss that often accompanies victims of HIV/AIDS. It is also indicated for other conditions that may benefit from increasing levels of Growth Hormone, such as obesity and plaque buildup leading to cardiovascular disease.
Basically, Tesamorelin is a synthetic version of something naturally produced by your body known as growth-hormone-releasing hormone, or GHRH. Just as the naturally produced GHRH does, the drug stimulates the production of HGH.
In a 20 week typical double blind study, the researchers found that HGH therapy had a positive effect on cognition and healthy brain function.
The study’s authors concluded that, “Our results replicate and expand our earlier positive findings, demonstrating that GHRH administration has favorable effects on cognitive function not only in healthy older adults but also in adults at increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia…”
Since the results of that study, the prescribing information for Tesamorelin suggests it may be useful in treating cognitive decline.
The Many Benefits of Growth Hormone Therapy
Not only growth hormone, but many hormones are essential to maintain good brain function. Testosterone in men and women, and estrogen in women are all related to cognition.
The “foggy thinking” that often accompanies menopause in women, is largely a result of declining hormones. Similarly, men with Low Testosterone, and/or Low Growth Hormone exhibit signs of memory loss, difficulty in concentrating, and other cognitive issues.
Growth hormone therapy has been shown to improve cognitive difficulties in such patients. However, improving brain function, and possibly delaying the onset of dementia, is only one of the many possible health improvements you can achieve with growth hormone therapy.
Growth Hormone Therapy, including HGH injections and/or the use of HGH can:
- Improve your ability to burn fat
- Help you build lean muscle
- Strengthen your immune responses
- Help you recover from fatigue and/or injuries much quicker
- Boost your energy
- Boost testosterone levels
- Correct many common sleep disorders
- Improve your sex life, boost libido, enhance sexual performance
If you are over 40, and experiencing some cognitive issues, along with feeling tired, depressed, and/or having sexual performance issues, there is a good chance your hormones are out of balance.
But, the only way to know for sure is to have your levels properly checked and evaluated by qualified hormone therapy specialists. If your levels of growth hormone, testosterone, and/or other hormones are found to be lower than they should be, you may be a candidate for hormone therapy.
Have you or anyone you know taken HGH, what were the results?