Growth Hormone levels have been proved to decline with age and this decline is a major factor in the aging process. In numerical terms, humans produce on a daily basis some 500mcg of Human Growth Hormone and bodybuilding (HGH) at 20 years of age, 200mcg at 40 years, and 25mcg at 80. HGH deficiency in adults is now recognized as a specific clinical syndrome with characteristic signs and symptoms. Replacement of the hormones which decline with age, such as growth hormone, estrogen and testosterone, is an important part of any antiaging program. However, it is important to notice and identify the symptoms of Growth Hormone deficiency before any treatment.
The symptoms of HGH deficiency in children include:
- emotional problems (Depression is common)
- decreased exercise capacity
- decreased bone density and hence increased fractures
- poor heart function
- extreme sensitivity to insulin
- decreased growth velocity in children
- immature facial features with a prominent forehead and depressed mid face
- delayed puberty
- small genitalia
- thin and dry skin
- protuberant abdomen
In adults, the symptoms of GHD in adults are often vague. The signs of Gh deficiency in adults can be attributed to various causes.
Aging: Premature signs of aging
Autoimmune: Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis)
Poor wound healing: Human growth hormone (HGH) levels decline with age. HGH stimulates the production of collagen, which sticks wounds together, strengthens weakened tissue, gives skin more elasticity and helps wounds of the skin or bone heal faster and stronger.
Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Growth hormone deficiency in adults has been associated with many symptoms that are similar to those described by FM patients: low energy, poor general health, reduced exercise capacity, muscle weakness, cold intolerance, impaired cognition, dysthymia and decreased lean body mass. IGF1 levels are often found to be low in FM patients.
Metabolism: Low stamina and difficulty losing weight
Muscular: Muscle mass reduction and poor muscular strength
Moods and sleep: Being a light sleeper, difficulty staying up late, erratic moods with depression, low self-esteem and loss of libido.
In children the cause of GH deficiency is usually congenital or an infection. In adults the cause of GH deficiency may be due to a brain tumor, surgery or exposure to radiation
Anti-aging boom - The growing rage in the medical industry
How long can I make you live? Never before has this fight for age reached such a rage among medicine showmen, pioneers of cryonics or “life extensionists”. The U.S. market for anti-aging products and services is growing rapidly and will hit $72 billion in 2009, according to “Nutraceuticals International,” a trade publication. Scientists are unearthing several hidden facts in the aging process, generating headlines about how it might be slowed or reversed. Biogerontologists have also started to understand what makes cells age. IGF-1, for instance, is an insulin-like hormone that tells cells to grow; mTOR is a protein that shapes how cells respond to chemical instructions. By altering the pathways of these substances, scientists might be able to stop cells from dividing — that is, from aging.
A decade ago it was only a big-league or Olympic athlete who had their own chemical gurus to help them fight the signs of aging and fatigue. Then came Hollywood stars and hip-hop artists who picked up on the trend of personalized supplements-’n'-steroids regimens. And now come thousands of anti-aging clinics opened across the country, offering anyone with extra cash the chance to look and feel younger. It is all the same in every such clinic. The doctor will typically give you nutritional advice, various supplements and prescriptions, sometimes for human growth hormone (HGH), sometimes for testosterone or another steroid. A compounding pharmacy mixes the ingredients to create your treatment. And you pay handsomely for the privilege of going anabolic without having to buy HGH at the gym, guess your dosage or inject yourself.
With FDA being an utter failure in checking the use of illegal steroids and HGH, this anti-aging boom is everywhere now. Regular physicians all over the country are adding anti-aging treatments to their practice. More and more doctors are signing up with organizations such as the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Age Management Medicine Group, attending their conventions, learning about the latest purported anti-aging techniques — and using their own offices and equipment to hawk treatments to patients. But, the fact remains that nobody can say it for sure that the treatment and the drugs they are offering are 100% effective and without side-effects. So, my last words would be that instead of opting for lengthy and expensive anti-aging treatment, follow the principles of the aged Chinese man named Li Ching-Yuen for a longer life: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.” Li supposedly lived to the age of 256!