Growth Hormone - Does it have Anti-aging Benefits

Human growth hormone (HGH): Does it slow aging?

Human growth hormone Facts are described here, including benefits and the side effects. Always talk to your doctor before Growth Hormone Therapy is initiated. 

Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland — a pea-sized structure at the base of the brain — to fuel childhood growth and healthy organs throughout life. As we age, pituitary gland slowly reduces the amount of growth hormone it produces.

This natural slowdown or those with deficiency or wasting syndrome, have noticed decreased muscle and bone mass.  This has prompted an interest in the use of synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) to stave off some of the changes that occur with age, GH deficiency, and wasting syrndrome.


Do some adults need human growth hormone?

Yes. Adults who have true growth hormone deficiency — not the expected decline in growth hormone due to aging — may be prescribed synthetic human growth hormone by their doctors.

Growth hormone deficiency in adults is rare and may be caused by pituitary adenoma — a tumor on the pituitary gland — or treatment of the adenoma with surgery or radiotherapy. For adults who have a growth hormone deficiency or wasting syndrome (AIDS, HIV related muscle wasting or age related wasting), injections of human growth hormone can:

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

Human growth hormone is also approved to treat adults with short bowel syndrome or AIDS- or HIV-related muscle wasting or wasting syndrome.


What can human growth hormone do for healthy adults?

Studies of healthy adults taking human growth hormone are limited. Although it appears that human growth hormone can increase muscle mass and reduce the amount of body fat in healthy older adults. It isn't clear if human growth hormone may provide additional benefits to healthy adults.


What are the risks of taking human growth hormone if you don't need it? 

Human growth hormone may cause a number of side effects for healthy adults, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Swelling in the arms and legs
  • Joint and muscle pain - Although some athletes state that it improves their joint pain (boxing etc)
  • For men, enlargement of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
  • increase risk of Diabetes Mellitus

Some research suggests that side effects of human growth hormone treatments may be more likely in older adults than in younger people. Because the studies of healthy adults taking human growth hormone have been short term, it isn't clear whether the side effects could eventually dissipate or become worse.


Human growth hormone - does the pill work?

Human growth hormone is typically administered as an injection under the skin. Some websites sell a pill form of human growth hormone and claim that it produces results similar to the injected form of the drug. Sometimes these dietary supplements are called human growth hormone releasers. However, there's no proof that these claims are true. Likewise, there's no proof that homeopathic remedies claiming to contain human growth hormone work.


What's the bottom line?

If you have specific concerns about aging, ask your doctor about proven ways to improve your health. There are other options and treatments to consider when it comes to aging.  Overall, GH may be suitable if you are willing to risk the side effects. 


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