Sports Figure Cleared of HGH Abuse Charges
Last year, we reported about an Al-Jazeera documentary that accused several American sports stars of using growth hormone, or HGH. The most prominent figure among those accused, Peyton Manning has denied the charges. While Manning has since retired from football, the NFL says it will still interview Manning as part of its ongoing investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile two baseball stars that were also implicated for HGH use in the film, the Philly’s Ryan Howard and Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman have been cleared by Major League Baseball.
Pharmacist Charlie Sly who made the growth hormone accusations in the documentary has since recanted his statements.
Peak Performance and HGH
There are two things to take away from these most recent stories of athletes and the use of growth hormone. One, of course it is good to know that these accusations are false, and these highly-paid and well-known athletes are not “cheating” by using HGH.
More importantly, the idea that professional sports prohibits the use of HGH, speaks volumes about what it can do to boost performance.
The good news is there is no “ban” on the use of HGH for peak performance by everyday folk! Do not let the sports ban lead you to believe that growth hormone therapy is dangerous or unsafe. The reason growth hormone is barred from professional sports is because of its known abilities to increase strength, stamina, and endurance.
In a professional athlete HGH can give an unfair advantage over his or her competition, but for you, it can give you a much needed advantage over aging!
Age-Management and HGH Therapy
Studies have found that Growth Hormone therapy promotes the building of lean muscle and helps to burn excessive fat. Any fitness professional will tell you that burning fat and building muscle also raises your metabolism, which helps you to get in shape, and stay in shape. Growth hormone also plays an important part in promoting overall health and longevity.
Do you ever watch how children under 10 play? They run around in frenetic spurts of high energy, rest a bit, and then repeat. These constant short spurts of super-charged activity are both stimulated by, and actively release more, HGH. Children as they grow, naturally emulate the findings of the study on growth hormone and the value of high intensity interval training!
Unfortunately, we can’t be children forever. Your body produces less and less growth hormone as you age.
After puberty, it declines at a rate of about 2%-4% a year. Over time, that is a significant drop which can contribute to fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and bone density, poor sleep, and sexual issues.
In 1991, the New England Journal of Medicine published one of the first studies to test the effects of growth hormone therapy on aging. The study was conducted using elderly men. Lead researcher on the study, Dr. Daniel Rudman, concluded, “We reversed 10 to 20 years of the aging process. We saw fat diminished, muscle tissue increased, and better bone density.”
Patients in this and later studies, also reported a “general feeling of better health,” as evidenced by quality of life scores.
Benefits of Growth Hormone Therapy
There are many benefits of growth hormone therapy. Supplemental HGH can:
- Help you build muscle and burn fat
- Improve your vitality and energy levels
- Improve sleep
- Improve cognition
- Improve libido or sex drive
- Provide and increased sense of overall strength and well-being
However, like any hormone therapy, growth hormone therapy is not without its risks and potential side effects.
Which is all the more reason why anyone over 40 who is experiencing symptoms that may be related to low HGH – fatigue, weight gain, sleep disruption – seek the advice of qualified medical professionals who are experienced with the symptoms of low HGH, and the proper administration of growth hormone therapy.
Only through proper analysis and diagnostics, can doctors get at the root of your aging issues, and then prescribe the most effective treatments for your individual needs and lifestyle.