HGH vs Testosterone Therapy

Dr. Alvaro J. Ocampo Author:
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Human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone are both very critical hormones, but they are NOT the same thing.

HGH and testosterone often get confused. There are many reasons for the confusion. They are both critical hormones related to strength and vitality. Your level of both hormones decreases as you age. The decrease of both hormones can lead to loss of energy and other adverse health impacts. In fact, if you search for “HGH,” or “Testosterone Therapy,” you will likely be directed to clinics that provide both therapies. This only adds to many people thinking that they are the same.

However, testosterone and HGH are not the same. Hormones work in unison in a delicate balance. Some men can use testosterone therapy, some men growth hormone therapy, and still others may benefit from both.

Does HGH Boost Testosterone?

Human Growth Hormone Therapy and TestosteroneWhile it is true that growth hormone and testosterone are different hormones with different purposes, when it comes to hormone replacement, usually these are given together because they have a “synergistic effect.”

In many ways, HGH is the “master hormone.” It regulates the production and secretion of all other hormones, including testosterone. In fact, as a boy matures from a child to adult, it is growth hormone that is largely responsible for the maturation of the sex organs, and other “secondary male sexual characteristics,” by triggering increased production and release of testosterone upon entering puberty.

Once you reach adulthood, both HGH and testosterone are very important for strength, vitality and peak performance. Furthermore, they start to decline with age around the same time, so that by the time a man is between the ages of 35 and 55, he is likely feeling the effects of the loss of both critical hormones.

Signs and Symptoms of Low HGH or Low Testosterone

The signs and symptoms of low testosterone, also known as Low-T, do overlap with those of low HGH, also known as adult growth hormone deficiency.

Furthermore, hormone replacement is not so much about increasing your levels of one hormone or the other but of keeping everything in proper balance. You could be suffering from a hormone imbalance if:

Signs and Symptoms of Low HGH or Low Testosterone

  • You are having sexual wellness issues, such as loss of libido, decreased performance, or erectile dysfunction.
  • You feel tired and have an overall lack of vitality.
  • You are having emotional issues such as; Moodiness, anxiety or depression.
  • You are putting on weight, particularly belly fat, and are having difficulty building muscle even if you are working out.

Testosterone levels and growth hormone levels “peak” around the same time, in your early 20s. After that, the levels of both hormones begin a steady decline. If you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, you probably are feeling the influence of the loss of both of these critical hormones, and are likely a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone Therapy – Make the Right Choice

Hormone Therapy – Make the Right ChoiceOnce your levels are checked, and there is an indication of a problem, the doctor prescribed testosterone therapy, and/or growth hormone therapy is a safe and effective way of returning what time and nature take away. If you are prescribed a course of testosterone therapy, growth hormone therapy, or both, there are some differences in the way each is delivered.

Prescription growth hormone therapy is only given in daily self-injections. There are more options for testosterone therapy including gels, creams, and sub-dermal patches.

If you are diagnosed with low growth hormone or low testosterone and you do not follow your doctor’s advice, things will only go from bad to worse. Your energy will continue to decrease, you will continue to gain weight, experience sexual health issues and generally be on the path to being the proverbial “crotchety old man.”

Or, you can change all of that, and make the first move. Contact us today, and you will take the first steps on a path to a longer, healthier, more productive life.