HGH – Human Growth Hormone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Growth Hormone, or HGH as it is more commonly known, is sometimes called the master hormone. Production typically remains sufficient until our early 20s, subsequently declining with age. HGH is responsible for stimulating growth in cells, tissues and organs. The positive effects of endogenous HGH can be seen in healthy lean mass (your muscle tissue), bone density, decreased central body fat, regulated blood sugar levels and improved immune function.

So, what happens when the body starts producing less HGH?

In children, HGH deficiency causes short stature and a delay in the onset of puberty. However, in adults, Human Growth Hormone depletion may have nearly as disastrous an impact on the body, as it may lead to increases in stored body fat, poor muscle mass and even physical depletion, sub-optimal energy levels and exercise capacity, decreased cardiac function and an overall decline in one’s drive and motivation. Put simply, when an adults Human Growth Hormone levels deplete, energy, drive, motivation and body mass may be negatively affected.

Endogenous HGH Production and its roles within the human body

Human Growth Hormone, a complex amino acid peptide secreted by the pituitary gland, plays several crucial roles in the body.  When we are young, HGH is responsible for the growth of our bones, determining how tall we grow.  However, after our growth plates close, typically in our early-to-mid teenage years, HGH takes on a different role in the body.  It is well known that the HGH we produce within our bodies promotes the growth of muscle, the breakdown of fats and assists in the production and maintenance of healthy tissue in the body.

 

How the body accumulates and burns fat

To understand how these processes work, one must first know how the human body accumulates fat.  When fat is ingested by way of food, the human body breaks it down so that it may pass through the blood, at which point it is either used for energy or stored for later use.  The reason that many of us accumulate excess stores of fat is because the fats, carbohydrates (sugars) and protein we ingest are greater than our energy expenditure. Before it reaches for alternative energy sources, the body first must burn carbohydrates for energy.  So, when the body has an excessive amount of sugars to burn for energy, we must increase our physical output in order to burn off our fat stores.

 

Sleep and HGH

The most intense stimulation of growth hormone production in the body occurs in our REM sleep.  This is just one of a myriad of reasons that sleep is so crucial to our health.  Less sleep or poor quality sleep = lower growth hormone production.

 

Naturally increase your HGH production

As we age, our growth hormone production declines. This can contribute to a number of negative health factors, including increased body fat, decrease in muscle production, reduced bone strength, insomnia and a reduction in our mental health state.  When these changes occur within our bodies, numerous health consequences can occur, such as an increase in heart disease risk, insulin resistance and diabetes. Below is a list of some things that you can do to improve our body’s production of growth hormone:

  • Lose Fat
  • Decrease our carbohydrate intake
  • Don’t eat for 2 to 3 hours before bedtime
  • High Intensity Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Intermittent Fasting

 

HGH Therapy

However, it is important to understand, that our bodies can only produce so much growth hormone on their own.  This leads us to growth hormone therapy.  There are a couple different options for HGH Therapy, the obvious one being HGH injections.  Injectable HGH, however, has only been approved by the FDA for a handful of diagnoses, including but not limited to short stature in children and Adult Onset Growth Hormone Deficiency. Many adults are not candidates for HGH injections.  For this reason, often the best option for growth hormone therapy is in the form of a medication called Sermorelin, which works by stimulating the secretion of HGH from the pituitary gland.

So, how do I get started on HGH Therapy?

First, an EHormonesMD managed physician will have to perform advanced comprehensive lab work and a physical examination. To get started, simply fill out the form to the right or call us directly at 1-800-658-8858. If you are 30 years of age or over experiencing decreased energy levels, depleted muscle tone, and increased central body fat, you may be a candidate for HGH Therapy using injectable Sermorelin or Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides.

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