Everyone's a Hormone Expert and Salesperson Now!
Over the last couple of weeks, I've seen an explosion of people on the internet selling HGH.
The problem is that advertisers do a great job at pulling the wool over people’s eyes.
Flashy ads and fake “testimonials” lure people in, but those who take the time to do the research can make the right decision and get a treatment that really works.
I'm not here to take give you false promises and take your money.
I'm here to show you the real keys to a healthy life.
It's not always the flashy way and the quickest way, but it's the right way and it's the most sustaining way.
Take the time as I take you on the journey to the quest for the foundation of youth..
What's Good for the goose is good for the gander?
Most people have heard of HGH through news reports of professional athletes and celebrities taking the substance for performance enhancement and dramatically changing body composition.
People in the sports world such Peyton Manning, Lance Armstrtong, and Alex Rodriuguez to celebrities such as Slyvester Stallone and Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson have all been tied to HGH.
Just in the Football world alone, there's reports that up to 40% of all the players in the NFL have used HGH.
Rather they were taking legally or not, it begs the question: "If all these athletes and celebrities are using Hgh, maybe there's some benefit to a regular person like me.."
In this post, I plan to undercover:
- What HGH is.
- How HGH works.
- Who and who should not take HGH.
- And it how should I take HGH if it is actually beneficial for me.
Human Growth Hormone: A Definition
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a substance secreted by the pituitary gland that promotes growth during childhood and adolescence. Growth hormone acts on the liver and other tissues to stimulate production of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), which is responsible for the growth-promoting effects of growth hormone and also reflects the amount produced. It also helps to regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and possibly heart function. Blood levels of circulating IGF-I tend to decrease as people age or become obese.
How HGH Works
Every night when you sleep, your pituitary gland, releases HGH, a polypeptide consisting of 191 amino acids.
HGH is released in short bursts every three to five hours and dissipates rapidly—the highest levels occur about an hour after falling asleep. HGH flows into your bloodstream and binds to specific cell-surface receptors found throughout your body, including your brain, where those receptors are especially dense in the regions responsible for learning and memory.
HGH surges during childhood and adolescence, but by the time you’re 40, you’re producing only about half as much as you were at 20. For this reason, a lot of individuals (especially individuals over 40) have a desire to replace what they were naturally producing when they were younger for a variety of different youth boosting benefits.
Before we look at the specific reasons why individuals want to supplement with Hgh for off label uses, let's take a look at the uses that are FDA approved.
What conditions are HGH designed to treat
Synthetic human growth hormone was developed in 1985 and approved by the FDA for specific uses in children and adults. In children, HGH injections are approved for treating short stature of unknown cause as well as poor growth due to a number of medical causes, including:
- Turner's syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects a girl's development
- Prader-Willi syndrome, an uncommon genetic disorder causing poor muscle tone, low levels of sex hormones, and a constant feeling of hunger
- Chronic kidney disease
- HGH deficiency or insufficiency
- Children born small for gestational age
In adults, approved uses of HGH include:
- Short bowel syndrome, a condition in which nutrients are not properly absorbed due to severe intestinal disease or the surgical removal of a large portion of the small intestine
- HGH deficiency due to rare pituitary tumors or their treatment
- Muscle-wasting disease associated with HIV/AIDS
Now that we have established the FDA approved uses of Hgh injections, we'll look at different off label uses and if they have validity or not and if there are any risks involved in each case.
Does HGH Build Muscle and Burns Fat?
Growth hormone is popular among athletes because “it is widely believed by illicit users that growth hormone works,” says Harrison Pope, M.D., a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School.
“The problem is that growth hormone is almost always used in conjunction with anabolic steroids, and anabolic steroids clearly do work.” So it’s hard to know what portion of the muscle gain, if any, comes from growth hormone.
One Australian study parsed the issue and examined sprint performance in 96 cyclists who injected either HGH, testosterone, HGH plus testosterone, or a placebo (salt water) for eight weeks.
Compared with the placebo group, those taking HGH saw their sprint capacity improve by almost 4 percent; those taking HGH plus testosterone had an 8 percent improvement. The HGH-only group, however, saw no gains in muscle strength.
In truth, despite what’s on the Internet, HGH doesn’t build muscle in otherwise healthy adults the way testosterone would, says Michael Kjaer, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of sports medicine at the University of Copenhagen.
In one of the few studies of healthy volunteers, Dr. Kjaer gave men in their 20s injections of HGH and compared muscle growth to that of men who received a placebo. He found stimulation in connective tissues but not muscle.
Growth hormone does not appear to help older men either. As a 2013 University of Southern California medical school review on the matter concluded, “There is no compelling data that empiric treatment of older men with [HGH] improves muscle strength or performance.”
DMP Fitness Take Home: there is evidence to show that Hgh can contribute to fat burning but no muscle building benefits at all.
Does HGH Help Facilitate a Faster Recovery?
The use of HGH for injury repair has long been a part of sports lore. Whether the tales are true or not, medical science is in need of better treatment for battered joints, says Christopher Mendias, Ph.D., a researcher in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan.
“With an ACL tear, you typically need about six months to a year between the time you have surgery and the time you actually go back on the field,” he says.
The difficulty isn’t so much the ligament itself, but the tissue that supports it. “If you look at the mechanics in terms of the strength of that new ligament that you put in, it’s pretty good,” he says.
“The problem is the muscle weakness that occurs after that surgery. By the time athletes are able to return to the field or court, the side that had the ACL tear is about 40 percent weaker.”
Mendias has just begun studies that involve administering 0.3 milligram of growth hormone directly into patients’ injured ACLs twice a day for six weeks in order to measure the effect on tendon and muscle strength.
The first participants are all men between ages 18 and 35 undergoing an ACL reconstruction.
His hypothesis, somewhat simplified, is that HGH will help preserve the muscle around the joint by activating IGF-1 that stimulates muscular growth while blocking another protein, myostatin, which is triggered by injury and curbs that growth.
The research is funded by the Mark Cuban Foundation, and the Dallas Mavericks owner has publicly stated that he thinks HGH should be legal to aid in joint repair.
DMP Fitness Take Home: In terms of injury recovery, it looks like HGH does help in that regard, although one of the side effects of taking too much HGHis the development of carpel tunnel syndrome (because HGH targets all connective tissue including the tissues in your wrist).
Does HGH Prolong the Aging Process?
If we assume that Hgh facilitates faster recovery by stimulating tissue growth, older individuals have reasoned that they need that tissue support since they have less support as they age.
There are a few issues with Hgh is really needed in this regard. Doctors don't measure Hgh levels directly, but rather the amount of IGF-1 it stimulates. The problem with looking at IGF-1 levels is that low levels can be affected by other factors aside from low Hgh.
A 2014 review in Clinical Interventions in Aging noted that while giving HGH to a deficient person does appear to have benefits, giving the hormone to an older person who’s experiencing a natural decline has “unclear pros and cons.”
One of the biggest cons is the risk of cancer. Since HGH promotes the growth of tissue throughout the body, fledgling tumors that may grow slowly or not at all could get a jumpstart into malignancy.
HGH does help mobilize fat stores which is great is you're trying to lose weight, but that mobilization also release an over abundance of glucose into your bloodstream and it can adversly affect the hormones that control that release. Over time, this can lead to a risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.
DMP Fitness Take Home: Again, HGH can help stimulate tissue recovery and mobilize fat stores, but too much HGH can put you at risk for exacerbating pre existing small tumors and can lead to insulin resistance/ diabetes.
Does HGH Assist in Brain Injury Recovery?
Some researchers theorize that a concussion could trigger inflammation that damages the gland.
“You can imagine that if the brain starts moving back and forth, it’s going to put stress on that stalk,” disturbing its output of HGH, says Charles Wilkinson, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatric neuroscience at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Wilkinson’s 2012 study examined 26 veterans who had sustained blast concussions—a problem for as many as 20 percent of returning vets—for hormone deficiencies.
The results were striking: Forty-two percent had an underactive pituitary, and of those, nearly half had low levels of IGF-1, a strong indicator of growth hormone deficiency.
Wilkinson suspects that hormone deficiencies could be the root cause for many common symptoms attributed to PTSD, including sleep disturbances, irritability, depression, and anxiety.
“These are mostly young men. What will happen to them if they are deficient in growth hormone for the next 40 years? Will they gain fat, lose muscle, and have cardiovascular disease, which is what we see in other growth hormone-deficient populations?” asks Jose Garcia, M.D., Ph.D., an endocrinologist with Baylor College of Medicine.
“It’s also an issue for people who play sports.” Dr. Garcia is trying to secure funding to study whether HGH replacement therapy can improve quality of life, memory, and other concerns among veterans with pituitary gland damage from concussions.
Preliminary research is promising. Data from the University of Texas Medical Branch (and Europe) supports the notion that restoring growth hormone to normal levels can improve lives, at least for some. If you’ve had a brain or head injury, says UTMB’s Dr. Urban, and develop profound fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, see a physician—and preferably also an endocrinologist.
Now that we've looked at different ways HGH may or may not assist in treating different conditions, let's look at how the different way HGH can be administered to individual and the level of their effectiveness.
HGH Injections vs. Gels and Creams
GH injections are the gold standard of care for growth hormone deficiency. Nothing else comes close. Any comparison between HGH injections vs. cream will have the cream coming up short.
What are the pros of buying HGH injections?
Here are the reasons doctors choose HGH injections over all other products:
- Tried and true benefits – decades of results prove they work
- The HGH molecule is too large to enter the bloodstream through the skin – it needs to be injected under the skin to enter the bloodstream
- Fast acting benefits – only HGH injections directly increase the amount of available HGH in the bloodstream
Here are the cons of using HGH injections:
- Requires daily shots at home
- More costly than some other forms of treatment
- May cause side effects if too much is injected
Pros and Cons of HGH Gels and Creams
HGH cream is a totally different type of product. When comparing gels and cream vs. HGH injections, there is very little in common.
Compared to HGH injections which are biologically identical to the 191 amino acid polypeptide secreted by the pituitary gland, HGH cream consists of many different ingredients which could include green tea extracts, oils, minerals, vitamins, aloe vera, and various amino acids.
When looking at HGH injections vs. gels and creams, the pros of gels and creams are:
- Less expensive to use
- May moisturize the skin depending on ingredients
The cons of gels and creams are:
- They do not contain real HGH
- They do not directly increase HGH levels in the bloodstream
- They are no effective at providing real HGH benefits
HGH gels and creams are marketed as releasers that boost HGH production in the pituitary gland. Unfortunately, extensive research shows that they do not work to bring the same positive results you get with HGH injections.
How to Choose Between HGH Injections and Cream
If it seems clear by now that any comparison of HGH injections vs. HGH cream has the cream coming up short, you are correct. There really is no comparison between these two products.
Advertisers would have you believe that you have unlimited choices for HGH therapy by bringing all forms of HGH products to the marketplace. Unfortunately, if they are not legitimate HGH injections, they are not real HGH.
With the knowledge that HGH creams don't work and injections are your only and best option but need a doctor's prescription, your most cost effective way to naturally boost Hgh is by incorporating a combination of exercise and nutritional strategies.
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