How do you maintain good health as you age while making sure your growth hormones are in check? You gotta search to find the common ground, and we’re here to show you how.
After the research study on HGH performed by Dr. Rudman in 1990 and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, in which 12 men above 60 years of age, who were given HGH injections, experienced slight increase in bone density and muscle mass, people started recognizing HGH for its anti aging properties. (1) For some entrepreneurs and practitioners, it meant ‘anti aging’.
Here, it is important to understand that HGH is officially approved by the FDA for patients who have actual human growth hormone deficiency and not for people who may experience reduction in growth hormone with age. As explained in this HGH review, HGH provides individuals with true HGH deficiency with excellent protection against fractures, and also helps improve muscle mass.
Knowing the fact that FDA has not approved HGH for this anti aging purpose, it is unfortunately still being marketed as a regenerative and anti aging treatment.
Did you know that:
- In 2004, approximately 30,000 Americans confirmed using HGH as anti aging therapy
- In 2002, approximately 100,000 individuals used HGH without a valid doctor’s prescription
Now you can imagine how effective marketing of HGH for anti aging is that so many people including celebrities have fallen for it. It’s unfortunate that many individuals blindly opt for such therapies without any research at their ends or knowing the side effects it can have on them. However, if you’re also thinking of HGH treatment to slow down the aging process, then wait! In today’s article, we will provide you with the evidence that you will find extremely useful to make your final decision.
HGH for Anti-Aging – What Research Studies Say
Though there is no conclusive study so far that confirms HGH for slowing down the aging process but there is plenty of data and evidence that shows that HGH is not suitable for older men and women who may be seeking HGH to slow their aging process.
A study published in Health Harvard on the safety of HGH and its use for slowing the aging process showed that a team of US based researchers jointly reviewed 31 studies to determine the impact of HGH in older men and women. (2) The sample size of the study in total was 447. 220 individuals received HGH while 227 were control subjects. 2/3 of participants were healthy old men of 69 years of age. The dosage of HGH varied and the duration of the therapy ranged between 2 and 52 weeks.
The result findings included that the subjects who were treated with HGH gained lean body-mass of approximately 4.6 pounds and shed more or less equal amount of body fats. Other observations included slight drop in the cholesterol level, aerobic capacity, fasting blood sugar levels and bone density. HGH subjects experienced a high-rate of side effects like fluid retention, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain and breast enlargement. The study did not show any kind of anti-aging effect on HGH subject such as tightening of sagging skin, youthful glow or reduced appearance of wrinkles. In other words, the study did not show any signs of renewed vitality in subjects who received HGH.
Due to deceptive marketing of HGH as slowing the aging process and making older men and women look youthful has led many individuals fall for the trap spending hundreds of dollars in the hopes of looking young.
Here, we would like to share with you a study that suggests that lowering or decline of growth hormone with age is not half bad. One epidemiological study suggested that the reduced level of growth hormones in older adults may help promote longevity. The study was conducted on a group of old people with naturally low-levels of HGH (Human Growth Hormones) in comparison with those who had above average levels of HGH. The study concluded that older adults with naturally low-levels of HGH had higher chances of living longer as compared to those who had high levels of Human Growth Hormones. More studies are being conducted on this aspect of HGH as well. However, right now, nothing is conclusive.
What Can We Conclude?
In conclusion, we can say that the use of HGH is not advisable for older adults. Decline in Human Growth Hormones is a natural process that comes with age. Instead of opting for HGH therapy in the hopes that you will turn 40 again and look youthful, try the time tested and proven combination of exercise with good diet to keep yourself healthy, fit and active.
By exercising daily and eating right, you can enhance the glow on your face naturally and more importantly, feel good about yourself. It is the best way to lower the risk of chronic illnesses associated with age. Healthy lifestyle choices can help you feel great about yourself as you get older.
Other things that you can do to stay healthy and fit as you age is avoid bad habits like smoking. Smoking increases blood pressure, heart rate and also hardens arteries. Besides this, try getting quality sleep. Quality sleep plays a vital role in healing and repairing blood vessels.
Resorting to HGH therapy thinking that it will make you look younger can result in nothing but health damaging side effects. We’re saying this based on the research evidence. However, if you have specific concerns related to aging, then it is important that you consult your doctor/physician about it.