No one wants to get older… especially prematurely. Our desire to extend our youths – even if only in appearance – is normal and prevalent among adults starting by age 30. But how?
With so many options available today, sorting facts from hype can be an ongoing challenge. Many have credited human growth hormone supplements with slowing the aging process in themselves. What are the facts about human growth hormone supplementation and its effect on aging? This article discusses HGH and the experiences of those who have used it as a treatment for aging.
From a tiny gland in the bottom of our brains called the pituitary gland secretes growth hormone from infancy onward. It is required for all growth starting at birth, extending through childhood, and into adulthood. Even though humans tend to reach our full height around age 18, our bodies still need growth hormone for all cell regeneration, cell reproduction, and wound healing.
However, sometimes around middle age, the pituitary gland begins secreting less and less growth hormone. This can leave a deficit of growth hormone in the body even though we are past the primary teenage growing years. People of middle age and beyond recognize the deficit of human growth hormone in the form of deteriorating joints, loss of muscle mass, and slow-healing wounds even in the case of minor scratches.
Separate from the normal decline in human growth hormone associated with aging, some patients experience abnormally low growth hormone levels, often as a result of trauma to the pituitary gland. For those with abnormally low human growth hormone, supplementation therapy has been proven to help. Human growth hormone supplementation can increase workout capacity, heighten bone density, produce more lean muscle, and reduce body fat.
HGH supplementation in healthy adults whose growth hormone is not abnormally low has been shown to increase muscle mass. However, the increased mass does not translate into greater strength – just “growth”.
In 2018 Harvard University Medical School published a research review that covered results for 447 study participants, about half of whom received HGH supplements and half who received placebos. The reviewers noted that “As compared to the subjects who did not get growth hormone, the treated individuals gained an average of 4.6 pounds of lean body mass and shed a similar amount of body fat.” So HGH supplements are proven to produce lean body mass, but also come with side effects in one-third of cases. The review goes on to say that the “GH recipients experienced a high rate of side effects including fluid retention, breast enlargement, and carpal tunnel syndrome.” These risks make it important to consult with a doctor about the benefits and costs for you.
If you’re skeptical that human growth hormone supplementation can literally reverse again, good – you’re smart. However, users of the supplement have reported that they experience an improvement in the appearances and conditions they associate with aging, like muscle loss and creaky joints. HGH has been known to improve these conditions in healthy people, though consultation with a doctor is needed to make the call.
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