Testosterone Therapy vs Growth Hormone Therapy
“What is the difference between testosterone therapy and growth hormone therapy?” That is a question I often get asked.
I titled this Blog Post “Testosterone Therapy vs Growth Hormone Therapy.” But, that was really to get your attention. The word “versus” is not completely accurate because it implies “adversaries,” or something antagonistic, but that is not the case with HGH and Testosterone therapy. True there are differences, and we will discuss those, but the truth is, for many men, HGH and testosterone work well together in a complete program of hormone replacement therapy.
Men who are between the ages of 35 and 55, and are not feeling as young, strong, vital and alert as they used to, or would like to be, can probably benefit from growth hormone therapy, testosterone therapy, or both.
It depends a lot on exactly what they are experiencing, and what kinds of benefits and lifestyle improvements they wish to achieve.
Growth Hormone Therapy & TRT for Low Hormones
The signs and symptoms of low testosterone, also known as Low T, do overlap with adult growth hormone deficiency. However there are some differences which could indicate one more than the other.
Generally speaking, you should be concerned about potential hormone level imbalances if:
- You are having any sexual wellness issues, such as loss of desire or not being able to perform as well as you used to.
- You tire easily, are generally fatigued, or feel a lack of vitality.
- You are moody, irritable or feeling depressed or anxious more than usual.
- You are putting on weight, particularly belly fat, and are having difficult building muscle even if you are working out.
Testosterone levels and growth hormone levels “peak” around the same time, in your early 20’s. 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.
However, the only way to find out which of the two is primarily responsible for your issues, is to have your blood tested for your levels of BOTH hormones. Only then can your doctor make an accurate determination of the best course of hormone therapy for you.
Growth Hormone Therapy & Testosterone Therapy – The Right Choice
Once your levels are checked, and there is an indication of a problem, prescription hormone therapy is a safe and effective way of returning what time and nature have taken from you. 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, you’re condition will get progressively worse.
You can expect your energy to continue to decrease, you will continue to gain weight, experience sexual health issues and all of the negative impacts that will have on your personal and professional life.
However, if you follow your doctor’s guidance, and accept hormone therapy along with a program of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, you will be put on a path to a longer, healthier, more productive life.
If you are a man, and are between the ages of 35-55, and you find yourself feeling irritable, angry, depressed or anxious, if you are experiencing a loss of libido, or other sexual health issues, it is probably time you had your growth hormone and testosterone levels checked!