What is HGH therapy?
HGH therapy is much more than simply taking an injection. When a patient experiences specific symptoms, their physician may run a number
of direct and indirect tests to measure growth hormone. These tests will help the physician determine the origin of the symptoms. If HGH is deemed to be low the physician may prescribe HGH therapy.
HGH therapy is generally administered via an injection by the patient at home. Some clinics will utilize injections that contain
recombinant HGH (rHGH) and/or growth hormone releasing peptides (GHRP). rHGH is molecularly similar, or biosimilar, to endogenously produced HGH in the body. A GHRP is a substance that stimulates the secretion of HGH from the pituitary gland. Now, because HGH has a short half-life, injections must be administered daily. Most patients will either perform injections in the the evening, prior to sleeping. Biologically speaking, the pituitary gland secretes HGH in a pulsatile manner throughout the day. However, the largest pulse of HGH release occurs at night around bedtime.
While on HGH therapy, it is important the physician closely monitors a variety of biomarkers. Biomarkers, are measurable substances in your
body that can indicate potential problems or damage if not addressed appropriately. HGH can impact a variety of biomarkers. So, depending on the patient, it may be vital for the prescribing physician to closely monitor things
- Blood glucose
- Bone density
For this reason, it is important patients follow up with their physician regularly. It will typically take 4-6 months to notice significant changes. Follow up labs are drawn to improve outcomes as well as reduce the risk of side-effects. Based on the results of these labs and any reported symptoms from the patient, the dose or time of the injection may need to be adjusted. The goal of HGH therapy should be to correct any HGH
deficiency/insufficiency indicated in the patient’s lab work as well as improve their quality of life.
What happens to HGH levels as we age?
HGH is a driving factor in stimulating the rapid growth that occurs in adolescence. At about the age of 15 HGH production declines. It continues to decline throughout adulthood.
There are also a variety of genetic, dietary, and lifestyle factors that can impact HGH production. A number of genetic diseases like Turner syndrome and Prader-Willi Syndrome can result in HGH deficiency (GHD) in children. As for diet, one study in particular assessed carbohydrate intake, defined as 80% carbohydrate. Results indicated carbohydrate intake was inversely associated with HGH production in adult men. This means a high carbohydrate diet produced low HGH specifically for men in the study. Additionally, poor sleep has been linked to low HGH production. Subjects with a normal sleep time had peak of up to 6 times more HGH than those subjects with a delayed sleep time. Sleep is directly related to the amount of HGH secreted by the pituitary. Emerging research has also indicated traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a potential disruptor of HGH production. Data suggests those that have experienced head trauma and suffering from chronic symptoms may have damaged the pituitary gland which secrets HGH and controls a number of other hormones.
Common signs and symptoms of low HGH?
HGH influences a wide variety of biological processes. Both low and high levels of HGH can produce an array of abnormal findings.
The most apparent effect of GHD (in adolescence) produces individuals with a short stature. However, low levels of HGH can also cause:
- Decreased Muscle mass
- Adiposity (increased fat mass)
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Sugar
- Diminished Exercise Capacity
- Decreased Cardiac Function
HGH plays the role of a master signaling hormone because not only does it directly influence cell metabolism but it also influences the
production of other hormones and protein synthesis. As a result, low levels of HGH can cause many of the issues listed above.
Can HGH Therapy promote youth and vitality? Does HGH
Therapy Make You Feel Younger?
Youth may often times be used to describe the appearance or spirit of someone who is young. While vitality is considered a state of
strength and energy. Whenever the body is lacking or deficient in critical components, like HGH, serious problems can arise. Without correcting these deficiencies, no amount of exercise or dieting will provide optimal benefits. It is only when the root issues are resolved that optimal health may be achieved.
One of the detriments of aging is a loss of strength compounded by the loss of skeletal muscle mass and increase in body fat accumulation. It is common that GHD adults suffer from this fate more profoundly than those with normal HGH levels. However, reports indicate these effects of GHD are reversible with the administration of HGH therapy. In a meta-analysis involving nearly 1200 patients, those receiving HGH therapy saw over a 5% reduction in body fat. At the same time, their lean body mass (i.e. muscle, fluid, etc) increased by more than 5%. †
Loss of strength can also be exacerbated by the chronic fatigue associated with aging. It may become difficult just making it up and
down the stairs as an example. Restoration of HGH in children with GHD resulted in dramatic results. Subjects receiving HGH therapy had approximately a 20% improvement in their VO2 peak compared to baseline. What this means is after receiving HGH
therapy to correct their low levels of HGH the subjects were capable of a greater exercise capacity.
Elevated cholesterol is an enormous contributing factor for cardiovascular disease. Older men are more likely than young men or women to
suffer from high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. When men with GHD and a median age of 48.5 years old were given HGH therapy there was a statistically significant effect on total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol. The patients receiving HGH show their total cholesterol drop 6.3% and their LDL-cholesterol drop 11.3%. Reducing cholesterol can play a pivotal role in staving off
cardiovascular disease in the future.
When HGH is low and results in GHD, health can start to deteriorate. By utilizing HGH Therapy to correct this deficiency, the root
cause is directly being addressed. The correction of HGH levels can help to normalize body composition, reduce fatigue, and improve cholesterol. As one can imagine, these improvements can make a dramatic impact on youth and vitality.
What are the potential risks associated with HGH Therapy?
There will always be some level of risk associated with any medication. While the risks of HGH therapy cannot be extirpated completely,
they can be mitigated under the watchful eye of knowledgeable medical staff. It is important that those considering HGH disclose all health information to the prescribing doctor no matter how irrelevant it may seem.
Side effects of too much HGH, if not addressed appropriately, can be severe. Too much HGH can result in:
- Cardiovascular damage
- Edema (swelling)
- Arthalgia (joint pain)
- Myalgia (muscle pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Increased Insulin Resistance
- Gynecomastia (men)
If any of these side effects are present, it is vital that the medical staff is alerted so the proper adjustments can be made.
Certain conditions may also be contraindicated for HGH Therapy. This means that those who have or have a history of the following
conditions may not be a good candidate for HGH Therapy:
- Serious illness
- Breathing problems
It is important to routinely follow up with a physician to find the right therapeutic protocol. This will also help to reduce the risk of
What Is the Best Way to Increase HGH Levels?
There are a number of different methods purported to boost HGH levels. Not all of them have gone through the same level of scrutiny to claim
safety or efficacy. The most common, and widely accepted, form of HGH Therapy involves daily injections. That can further be broken down to include rHGH and different types of GHRP.
One form of HGH therapy utilizes injecting rHGH daily. Simply put, rHGH is molecularly identical to the 191 amino acid HGH that is secreted by the anterior pituitary. Due to the fact that rHGH is the same as HGH produced endogenously once injected, the hormone can start interacting with cells immediately. However, rHGH can interact with a variety of medications. For this
reason, it requires greater scrutiny from the watchful eye of a physician.
Another common therapy option involves the use of substances that trigger the pituitary to release HGH into circulation. There are a variety
of GHRP available such as Sermorelin, Ipamorelin, Ibutamoren, GHRP2, and GHRP6. These options have a very robust safety profile and offer additional benefits that rHGH cannot produce. GHRP can help to reduce inflammation further by quenching reactive oxygen species and
improve antioxidant levels.
With so many different options available for HGH Therapy, it is important to know what is best for you. Each option has subtle differences
that may work better depending on the patient. A trained physician will be able to determine the appropriate course of action and therapy that is best suited for each patient.
Do HGH Supplements Work?
There are a myriad of products that are available over the counter which claim to boost HGH. However, none of these claims have been
tested or verified by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) or Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In fact, both the FDA and FTC
have proactively put out safety warnings for the public on this topic. Additionally, when HGH is taken orally the acid and enzymes in the stomach will break it down before it can be absorbed into the blood stream. Another problem with the
supplement market is the safety and efficacy. While supplements are not approved by the FDA there is also very little regulation on the manufacturing practice of supplements. It is difficult to assess whether or not labels accurately reflect the contents of the product. The only safe and efficacious way to provide HGH Therapy is under the guise of a trained physician that can prescribe injectable HGH or HGH peptide therapy.
Medications that may have an adverse impact when combined
with HGH Therapy
The most common interactions with rHGH include:
A comprehensive list of medications that interact with rHGH Therapy can be found at: https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/somatropin-index.html.
The only known interaction with Sermorelin (GHRP) is macimorelin.
Let your doctor know about any and all medications/supplements you are taking to reduce the risk of adverse events.
Why Ehormones MD? What is Ehormones MD
Ehormones MD is one of the largest networks of full-service, anti-aging and preventative medicine clinics that specialize in hormone replacement therapy. This includes testosterone and HGH therapies. The doctors at Ehormones MD are highly trained and
experienced to address each personís unique biology. It is the goal of Ehormones MD to help both men and women find relief from their hormone-related imbalances.
All patients at Ehormones MD are required to undergo comprehensive lab work and physical examination to identify their individual needs. Following lab work, every patient will meet with their physician to revue lab findings. During this consultation you and your physician will work together to develop your ideal hormone protocol. After your consultation, the physician will then take into consideration your medical history, symptoms, and labs to finalize the treatment recommendations. Medications and supplies are shipped overnight directly to the patient’s door.
With over 3,000 satisfied patients, many consider Ehormones MD the premier clinic for HGH Therapy and Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Give us a call to see how to get started.
HGH Therapy for Men
First, it is important to understand that our bodies can only produce so much HGH on their own. This leads us to Human Growth Hormone Therapy, also known as HGH therapy. For adults diagnosed with Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (more commonly known as AGHD), there are a couple different options for HGH Therapy for Men. HGH injections may be prescribed by an Endocrinologist or a sub-specialized HGH doctor at a specialized HGH Clinic. It is important to speak with a qualified physician to understand your options. Injectable HGH for Men has been approved by the FDA for diagnoses including AGHD, short stature in children as a result of insufficient pituitary function, short stature as a result of Turner syndrome, adult HGH deficiency due to pituitary tumors or their treatment, adult short bowel syndrome and muscle-wasting as a result of HIV / AIDS. Consequently, many adults are not candidates for HGH injections. The good news is there are other options.
Where can I get Human Growth Hormone Injections?
While HGH injections have important benefits, as stated on the FDA’s website, HGH is not always medically indicated. Furthermore, many people confuse this hormone with HCG or Testosterone. HCG, which stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, has a completely different purpose. Many of the signs and symptoms of HGH deficiency can be similar to those of Testosterone deficiency. For this reason, it is important to speak with a specialized HGH doctor with experience in treating adult growth hormone deficiency, also known as AGHD. For more information on HGH and human growth hormone injections, request a free information guide in the form at the bottom of this page. *Please note: Ehormones MD does not prescribe Recombinant Human Growth Hormone, also known as rHGH