THE FUTURE OF HORMONE REPLACEMENT?

Bioidentical Hormones are extracted from plants. They are duplicates of the hormone your body is lacking. As you age, your body slows production of these hormones as in the case of estrogen and menopause. There is another hormone therapy that is on the horizon however. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has been used for years in children to increase their growth rate and make them grow taller. However, research has shown, that HGH promises exciting benefits for adults in many conditions that develop with age. Interestingly enough, combining Human Growth Hormone with the usual sexual hormones such as estrogen and progesterone in women, and testosterone in men increases its effectiveness. At this time it is very expensive and not widely prescribed for that reason. Research is underway that holds out a promise for a drop in the cost per dose in the future.

Hormones are substances formed in a type of body organ called a gland. Hormones are chemical messengers that impact every system and cell in your body. The hormone is made in one part of your body then travels through your bloodstream to cells in another part. Here it delivers its message which tells the cells to perform a specific action. Each of your cells has receptors on the outside of it. They recognize the hormones in your blood stream as they flow by. If that hormone is used by the cell, it scoops it out of the blood for its use. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a very important hormone that can influence your health in many ways. It is powerful enough to alter the way you look, feel, and function.

Growth hormone is produced by your pituitary gland and is essential for bone and organ growth in children. The production of the hormone reaches a peak during the growing years of puberty then declines. Although your body no longer needs HGH for growth after reaching young adulthood, it has been discovered to be necessary to many other functions in your body. The drastically smaller amounts of human growth hormone your body produces as you age seem to play a part in developing cardiovascular disease, unhealthy weight gain, decreased muscle mass, diminished energy, wrinkles and many other conditions and diseases associated with just growing older.

Growth hormone production and release after age 21 slows dramatically. In fact, this drop in production continues through the rest of your life with a 50% decline in production every 7 years after young adulthood. This is a much more rapid decline than estrogen production in women due to menopause or testosterone production in men because of andropause. Research suggests that there is a correlation between lower levels of HGH and several of the conditions and diseases you may develop as you age. Some of these include decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, wrinkles, cancer, and heart disease. In fact, the death rate in heart disease patients with very low levels of HGH is nearly 50% higher. Just about all adults over the age of 40 experience an human growth hormone deficit. By age 60, growth hormone production is nearly nonexistent.

Research on HGH replacement is ongoing. The studies suggest growth hormone replacement can improve many conditions:

Injections of HGH were given to abdominally obese men. Their abdominal fat deceased.Total Cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides decreased and their bodies were able to metabolize cholesterol better. Their diastolic Blood Pressure levels also decreased.

HGH has been shown to improve thickened arteries due to atherosclerosis. The affected arteries showed a thinning of the walls reversing the changes in the early stages of the disease. High Cholesterol is a contributing factor to the development of atherosclerosis, and it’s been noted that HGH therapy reduces bad cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides, and may increase HDL, the good cholesterol levels.

Another study suggests HGH deficiency results in the buildup of abnormal amounts of body fat and contributes to insulin resistance, a factor in the development of diabetes. HGH replacement resulted in increased lean body mass, decreased abdominal fat by up to 50%, and increased insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity means that the insulin present in your body is more open to absorbing and processing glucose, your blood sugar. This is the process that breaks down when you have diabetes.

Another area HGH therapy shows promise is in the improvement of brain function. Research shows HGH treatment improves age related impairment in learning and memory. It increases formation of neurons in the brain which result in improved alertness, work productivity and motivation. One study suggested that HGH can protect brain neurons from being destroyed by A beta-amyloid. A beta-amyloid is the protein that is the cause of the damage to the brain seen in Alzheimer’s disease.

Growth Hormone deficiency is common in Fibromyalgia sufferers. Fibromyalgia is a type of arthritis. Injections of HGH can result in improvement in symptoms of the condition and a reduction in the number of tender points, points of pain. One researcher concludes from his study that growth hormone deficiency may be responsible for some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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