Can HGH Turn Back the Hands of Time?
All throughout history, man has sought the elusive fountain of youth. While we continue in that quest, we’re now at the point where we understand many of the processes of aging and how to control them.
For instance, we know about the destructive effects that free radicals have on our cells, and the importance of antioxidants in neutralizing this damage. Research on genetics is even revealing DNA codes that predetermine our body’s ability to dispose of toxic components that cause cancer.
One of the most well-known influences on aging is the decreased production of hormones, which starts in or around our mid-thirties. You’re probably aware of estrogen and progesterone replacement for women during menopause, and recently testosterone replacement for men has become more commonplace. But what about human growth hormone?
Perhaps one of the most notable differences between GH and other hormones is that production stops much earlier, in adolescence, while other hormones are increasing in production. Unfortunately, for reasons that are still unclear, HGH levels decline dramatically over time.
The challenge is how to restore more youthful levels of GH without the need of injecting the hormone itself, since the potential for higher levels of GH production already exist – only in a sort of “kidnapped” state. We’re now figuring out how to break down the barriers that prevent more growth hormone from circulating in the body.
What is HGH?
Human Growth hormone is one of several endocrine hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, melatonin, and DHEA, all of which decrease with age. While many of these hormones can be replaced to deter some of the effects of aging, HGH goes far beyond any of these hormones to not only prevent biological aging but to significantly reduce a large number of the symptoms associated with aging.
As a result, HGH therapy has shown the ability to turn back the biological clock by a number of years.
HGH, also known as somatotropin, is a hormone that is abundantly secreted by the pituitary gland. It’s produced in a cycle that peaks during adolescence when accelerated growth occurs.
The daily secretion of growth hormone decreases with age to the point that by age 60 you’ll probably have HGH levels that are only 25% of what a 20 year old’s are.
Growth hormone is released in pulses, initially during the early stages of sleep, then is rapidly converted to a metabolite growth promoter in the liver (IGF 1).
IGF-1 causes most of the effects related to growth hormone and is what’s measured in the blood to determine HGH levels. It also promotes the transfer of glucose through the cell membranes as a source of fuel for the cells, which has an insulin-like effect (IGF-1 is an abbreviation for insulin-like growth factor). Most of the beneficial effects of HGH are directly associated with IGF-1.
The decline of growth hormone with age, sometimes referred to as somatopause, is directly associated with many symptoms of aging, including wrinkles, gray hair, decreased energy and sexual function, increased body fat and cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and more.
Many of these symptoms have been associated with younger adults who suffer from low levels of growth hormone; in many ways, the biological age of these adults is far beyond their chronological age.
The good news is that there’s clinical evidence which shows that by replacing growth hormone we can dramatically reverse these symptoms to restore hair color and growth, regain bone tissue, increase energy, and significantly reduce body fat.
Decreased Growth Hormone Over Time
It’s an unfortunate fact that many guys will sooner-or-later experience symptoms such as fatigue, low stamina, and a harder time putting on and keeping muscle mass. One of the main reasons is because over time HGH production gradually begins to decrease, usually starting in your 20’s and 30’s.
Some research shows this decrease to occur at a rate of more than 10% every ten years, and some studies indicate that this number could even be higher. The decline is HGH levels with age can happen rather quickly and they may be substantially lower by the time you enter your 50’s and 60’s.
So just why do HGH levels decrease over the years? Researchers have examined the evidence and some theories suggest that the effects of changes in regulatory hormones such as somatostatin and GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) are responsible for the reduction of available growth hormone.
Signs of Low HGH Levels
A decrease in HGH production is often associated with many “age-related” symptoms, such as:
So what, if anything, can be done? One of the easiest, safest, and least expensive options is by using a natural secretagogue.
As mentioned before, encouraging evidence suggests that the pituitary gland can maintain the ability to deliver growth hormone if properly stimulated to do so. Secretagogues, or HGH releasers, are substances, at the forefront of scientific studies, which stimulate the pituitary to secrete growth hormone, and there is convincing clinical evidence demonstrating how effective they are.
Along with proper diet and exercise, secretagogues, when used correctly, allow the pituitary to significantly increase levels of growth hormone.
Until recently, growth hormone therapy was only available in the form of injections which are extremely expensive and difficult to use. Now there are natural substances that have been proven to have the ability to stimulate growth hormone in a manner that meets or exceeds the effectiveness of injections or other therapy procedures.
Popular products such as HyperGH 14x, GenF20 Plus, and Sytropin are in demand more than ever before due to their ease of use, availability and effectiveness. According to researchers, these incredible secretagogues may have the ability to better mimic the body’s secretion patterns of youthful GH levels when compared to other forms 0f therapy.
Mark McIntyre is the founder of MaleHealthReview.com and acts as it’s chief contributor. He is a fitness trainer and avid mountain biker who also enjoys camping, hiking and fishing. Besides managing Male Health Review, Mark is also a guest columnist for several blogs related to men’s health. More about this author…