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What is growth hormone?

Human growth hormone (HGH) is produced in the pituitary gland of humans, and the hormone is secreted throughout a person's lifetime. It promotes growth in children and plays an important role in adult metabolism.

It was first isolated in 1956 and its structure was identified in 1972. Until the mid-1980's the only source of HGH was from pituitary glands collected post-mortem. Today HGH is available in larger quantities through the technique of genetic engineering and, consequently, a number of conditions apart from the classical growth hormone insufficiency can be treated.

Growth hormone insufficiency is a condition caused by a deficiency of natural growth hormone. Without treatment, boys typically reach a height of 130 cm at the age of 18, compared with a normal height of 162 cm. If treatment with growth hormone is initiated at an early stage, a final height close to normal can be obtained.

Turner's Syndrome is a genetic defect associated with short stature. Turner's syndrome affects girl's only. It is caused by a defect of one of the x chromosomes.

Chronic Renal Insufficiency growth retardation is often seen as a clinical manifestation of progressive chronic renal insufficiency in children. Since dialysis and transplantation sustain the lives of more children with end-state renal failure, short stature has become a prominent problem.

Growth hormone deficiency in adults is either due to a pituitary surgery or onset of growth hormone insufficiency during childhood. In adults secretion of growth hormone regulates a number of metabolic processes.

Growth Hormone Fact!

The daily release of growth hormone averages about 500 mcg at age 20, then declines to 200 mcg at age 40, and 25 mcg at age 80.

Amino Acids Can Also Stimulate Growth Hormone

There are also many forms of growth hormone stimulants that are available to the body, including amino acids such as Arginine, Lysine, Ornithine, and Glutamine that can also stimulate growth hormone production naturally. It is interesting that recent studies have found that in addition to exercise, sleep and also sleeplessness can influence the production of growth hormone at times.

Human Growth Hormone - Is It The Fountain Of Youth?

Human Growth Hormone is a naturally occurring substance in the human body which is secreted by the pituitary, the master gland of the body located in the endocrine system. Growth Hormone is important for a number of reasons, in older individuals, it can slow down and in many cases even reverse the aging process. Aging is now considered a disease and not just a normal occurrence which goes unchecked. "I attended the Anti-Aging Conference in December, 1995 with over 1,000 other physicians from around the world. Most doctors who attended agreed that Human Growth Hormone was one of the most exciting advancements in reversing the disease process since DHEA.", said Dr. Dorman. Traditionally, it has been used in Europe and the United States for approximately 15 years with very gratifying results. It has previously been available by injection only and since injections can cost between $4,000 and $20,000 a year, only the wealthy have been able to afford this treatment.

Growth Hormone and Aging

Growth hormone declines with age in every animal species that have been tested to date. In humans, the amount of growth hormone after the age of 21 to 31 falls about 14% per decade, so that the total 24-hour growth hormone production rate is reduced in half by the age of 60. In numerical values, we produce on a daily basis about 500 micrograms at 20 years of age , 200 micrograms at 40 years , and 25 micrograms at 80 years old.

The easiest way to measure growth hormone in the body is by measuring plasma IGF-1 levels. Under 350 IU is considered evidence of deficiency. Between the ages of 20 to 40 years, less than 5% of healthy men have less than 350 IU per liter of IGF-1 levels. But after 60, 30% of apparently healthy men have this low amount. And after age 65, about half the population is partially or wholly deficient in growth hormone.

Total daily hGH secretion declines in humans with increasing age. "Elderly" levels are reached by age 35-40.

Hormones that Enhance the Effects of Growth Hormone

There are many hormones which work with growth hormone and can help it work more effectively in the body. They are Estrogen, Progesterone, Melatonin, DHEA, and Thyroid Hormone.

  • Estrogen: Slows the loss of minerals from bones and increases blood clotting, however, it decreases oxygen metabolism to the cells and is known to be a factor in breast and uterine cancer.
  • Progesterone: Essential for the metabolism of glucose and the proper formation of bones, progesterone stimulates the production of new heart cells in the body and suppresses cancer growth.
  • Melatonin: Produced naturally in the brain by the pineal gland, it stimulates the production of growth hormone and reduces free-radical damage. Melatonin has the ability to stabilize the body's biological rhythms and stimulate the immune system.
  • DHEA: One of the most powerful hormones for improving brain function, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most abundant hormone found in the bloodstream. The function of DHEA is to serve as a precursor for all other hormones in the body by supplying the body with what it needs to maintain an optimum balance of all hormones that regulate metabolic functions. As we age, the level of DHEA declines dramatically. Low levels of DHEA are linked to such conditions as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, arthritis, and many other symptoms associated with aging.
  • Thyroid Hormone: Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell. Without these hormones the body's altered metabolism can result in chronic fatigue, or depression. Thyroid hormones can also be extremely useful in overcoming decreased metabolism often associated with prolonged obesity. However, there is concern for potential side effects, therefore they should only be prescribed by a physician.

What is the science behind significant age reversal?

Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and other journals show that increased levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) may reverse biological aging. HGH is a natural hormone in the body, but after about age 20 our bodies produce less and less, leading to increased body fat, decreased immunity, poor skin tone, decreased libido, and other symptoms usually associated with aging. Some increase in HGH levels can be achieved naturally by exercise, careful attention to diet, and reducing body weight to optimum levels. Injections of pure HGH, which are very expensive and risky, have been used therapeutically in growth hormone deficient individuals, and have been used to raise HGH levels to artificially high levels in otherwise healthy adults. With advanced, proven nutritional supplementation, you can experience the benefits of increased HGH levels safely and inexpensively.

Recent research has discovered those nutrients which naturally enhance the body's own production of HGH. The results associated with increased HGH levels include:

  • Restored Lean Muscle Mass
  • Reduced Body Fat
  • Restored Hair Color
  • Increased Strength
  • Thicker Skin
  • Reduction of Wrinkles
  • Increased Energy
  • Improved Endurance
  • Deeper and Sounder Sleep
  • Improved Memory
  • Reduction of Depression
  • Increased Sexual Functions
  • Improved Cardiac Output
  • Normalized Blood Pressure
  • Improving Cholesterol Profile
  • Improved Immune Functions
  • Helps reduce PMS/Menopause
  • Restored Function of Liver, Heart, Pancreas

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