Human growth hormone (HGH)
Human growth hormone (HGH) is produced in the pituitary gland of humans, and is a hormone that is secreted throughout one’s lifetime. Historically, HGH was used only to treat deficiencies in children. Dr. Daniel Rudman’s 1990 study on HGH paved the way to the FDA approving its usage for deficient adults a few years later. Human growth hormone is an integral part of an individual’s overall development, immune system, and metabolism and has been known to exert anabolic effects throughout the body favoring the tissues, bones, and muscles.
HGH Therapy Benefits may include, but not limited to:
- Increased immune function
- Development of lean body mass
- Loss of fat
- Increased energy
- Improved cardiac function
- Improved skin tone, thickness, and elasticity
- Increased exercise capacity
- Reverse the normal shrinkage of organs, such as liver & spleen
- Improved memory and brain function
- Enhanced kidney functions
- Stronger bones & increased bone mass
- Faster wound healing
- Lower blood pressure.
In childhood HGH is responsible for growth, but as we get older its function is primarily that of healing or repairing tissues. It has been determined that an aging person exhibits lower levels of growth hormone in comparison to a younger individual. This decreased HGH level has significant negative effects on one’s overall immune system, energy, and how fat is distributed.
Growth Hormone cannot be taken orally because it will be digested and rendered useless. Since it is a large protein molecule, it must be administered by a simple and painless injection under the skin. (Sub-Q) The HGH is then absorbed into the bloodstream where the liver quickly converts it to another hormone called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1). IGF-1 is believed to be the hormone responsible for most of the benefits we see from HGH therapy.
Depending upon an individual’s health history, current condition, and a number of other variable factors, HGH may be prescribed to reverse, or supplement systems within the body that allow patients to achieve optimal health.