The Positive Uses of Human Growth Hormone
Can growth hormone therapy keep you young?
Over the last few years there has been ongoing conversations and controversy regarding the use of Human Growth Hormone, or HGH therapy, by professional athletes.
In the body, HGH is produced by the pituitary gland, and is responsible for bone and muscle growth. Simply put, you could not grow, or build muscle at all, without growth hormone.
Supplemental HGH is used medically to treat some specific growth hormone deficiencies. It has also been used successfully by age management professionals to reduce fat, build lean muscle and otherwise “turn back the clock.”
Many Hollywood celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Jane Seymour, swear by the use of HGH.
I have no doubt that growth hormone therapy can help you to achieve your peak performance at any age. That is where the controversy in the sports world comes in.
Sports authorities believe that growth hormone should be classified as a “performance enhancing substance,” and therefore should be tested for, and banned as other such substances have been..
There have been bodybuilders, football players, and athletes involved in competitive martial arts, boxing and other combat sports that all admit to having used growth hormone.
Growth Hormone and Sports
There is no doubt that supplemental HGH can reduce fat and help you build more lean muscle, so it can make you look better, but what about perform better? That is what the sports world is trying to determine.
A 2010 study that set out to answer that question found that while growth hormone injections had little impact on increases in strength or endurance, they added greatly to “explosiveness.”
The researchers defined “explosiveness” as a pro-athletes ability to turn up the juice when needed, like the last meter of a sprint, or football player charging for the goal line.
What this means is that HGH probably cannot make an average runner into the fastest man alive, but it could help a well-conditioned sprinter shave a half a second or more off of his or her personal best, which could mean the difference between winning and losing.
It is for that reason that HGH Therapy is banned in Olympic competitions, and in September of 2014 the NFL players association voted to include HGH testing for the first time under the league’s drug policy.
These decisions, that screening for HGH was deemed necessary to keep their respective games “safe and fair,” speaks volumes to the ability of growth hormone to enhance performance. Fortunately, there is no ban on “ordinary” folks seeking HGH therapy for its many positive benefits.
Growth Hormone and Aging
Using HGH or any performance enhancing substance to gain an advantage in the professional sports arena, should never be condoned. However, using growth hormone off the playing field, under the proper supervision of your medical professional, is a great way to be your personal best at any age.
Think about this. Are you in your 40’s, or 50’s? Are you as strong, or fast, or mentally capable as you were in your 20’s, or 30’s? Most likely you are not, and decreases in the production of HGH are largely responsible.
As you might imagine, growth hormone levels are high throughout your childhood, and through the teen years, where growth is essential. After that, over time, it declines at a rate of about 3%-5% a year.
As your level of growth hormone declines, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and bone density, disturbed sleep, and many of the other symptoms we think of as “aging” occur.
Growth Hormone Therapy
In the early 90’s, one of the first studies to look at the effects of HGH on age management was published. The research which was carried out on elderly men concluded, “We reversed 10 to 20 years of the aging process. We saw fat diminished, muscle tissue increased, and better bone density.”
Interestingly enough, the men in this study, and men and women in later trials, also reported a general feeling of “wellness” and “feeling better,” in addition to the other tangible benefits of using human growth hormone.
Growth hormone therapy as used in my practice:
- Rejuvenates every cell in the body
- Aids fat loss and muscle gain
- Helps the body heal faster
- Boosts energy to youthful levels
- Improves quantity and quality of life
If you are between the ages of 35 and 55, you can sit there, and think that aging is inevitable. Or you can stop being afraid of giving up the things you love, and contact our offices today to have your hormone levels checked, and see if growth hormone therapy is right for you!