Can HGH Reverse Aging in Healthy Adults?

Taking Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Aging is a natural, yet difficult part of life. As you grow older, especially around middle age, your body starts changing. You may start feeling tired and fatigued and you don’t look as good as you did when you were younger. Your sex drive may decrease. And, you’ll start going through andropause if you’re a man and menopause if you’re a woman. 

Your hormones are the culprit. Around middle age, your human growth hormone starts to deplete, causing all the unwanted changes in your body. Centuries ago, people believed there was a fountain of youth that could reverse aging. Believing this is true, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon set out in 1513 to find the healing water in Florida. 

Today, some people believe the fountain of youth can be found if they take synthetic human growth hormone (HGH). These people think they can reverse the signs of aging, specifically the loss of muscle and bone mass with HGH treatment. But, HGH is for people with low hormones, not completely healthy individuals. In fact, taking HGH when you don’t need it can be hurtful to your health.


Positive Effects from Taking HGH

Adults who are deficient in human growth hormone, however, can benefit from HGH injections, but only when it is prescribed by a licensed physician. For adults with this deficiency, HGH can:

  • Increase exercise capacity
  • Increase bone density
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Decrease body fat

HGH injections have also been used for people with AIDS- or HIV-related muscle wasting. Even though HGH can increase muscle and decrease fat, they won’t add strength. This is something to consider if you’re a healthy adult looking to increase strength.

Studies on HGH are short-term and there are no clear results of the effects of long-term use. Given that there are so many negative side effects for healthy adults, it’s not recommended to be used by those who are not HGH deficient.

What is Human Growth Hormone?

If you’re taking HGH or are thinking of taking it, it’s not only good to know the side effects, but also what it is and how it works. Human growth hormone is a protein produced by the pituitary gland that is secreted into the bloodstream. Production of HGH is controlled in the hypothalamus, the intestinal tract and pancreas by a complex set of hormones.

HGH is released in bursts with increasing after exercise, sleep and trauma. Also, more HGH is produced at night than during the day. Since human growth hormone production is sporadic, random tests of HGH levels aren’t conclusive. Scientists say it increases during childhood, peaks at adolescence and decreases at middle-age.

Acting on many tissues of the body, HGH stimulates the growth of bone and cartilage in children. It also boosts protein production, promotes the use of fat, interferes with the process of insulin and raises blood sugar levels in people of all ages. Finally, human growth hormone raises levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).

HGH Abuse

Most athletes work hard to get the muscles and physique they desire. Some add HGH to their regime. When they do, they often abuse it. The use of HGH for performance is often abused to the point of negative effects to the body. 

The problem is so prevalent that the International Olympic Committee, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the World Anti-Doping Agency have banned the use of HGH, making its use illegal. Trying to get an edge, athletes have tainted many sports like baseball, cycling and track and field, risking not only disqualification and embarrassment but also health problems.

Scientists in California conducted a study where a total of 303 volunteers received HGH injections while 137 received placebo. Those with the actual HGH injections were injected for 20 days and it was found that lean muscle mass increased by an average of 4.6 pounds, but so did fluid retention. Performance, strength or exercise capacity didn’t increase at all, proving that human growth hormone isn’t good for athletes who are normally healthy. This has led scientists to state that HGH should not be used on otherwise healthy individuals. It should only be used if you have a human growth hormone deficiency.

Further, in a study conducted by a team of researchers to test the efficacy of HGH on older, healthy adults who were overweight but not obese, it was found that those that received HGH treatment, gained 4.6 pounds of lean body mass and lost a similar amount of body fat. There were no notable changes in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, HDL (“good”) cholesterol, triglycerides, aerobic capacity, bone density or fasting blood sugar and insulin levels. There was, however, a high rate of side effects, including fluid retention, joint pain, breast enlargement and carpal tunnel syndrome. 


How to Get HGH if You have a Deficiency

HGH should only be taken by injection and with a doctor’s prescription. The pill form of human growth hormone simply doesn’t work, and you can’t get it with a prescription. You should only seek the use of HGH if a doctor determines you have a human growth hormone deficiency. A blood test that your doctor orders will show if you have this deficiency.

The bottom line is that HGH is a great remedy for those who are deficient in human growth hormone. HGH should never be taken when it’s synthetic, in pill form, and especially if you don’t need it.

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