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Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy for Adults

Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy for Adults

Growth hormone replacement therapy for adults is prescribed for men and women who are suffering from adult-onset or age-related growth hormone deficiencies.

Human growth hormone or HGH is vitally important for children to grow into active, healthy adults of normal stature. But even as adults, HGH continues to play an important role in metabolism, muscle growth, cellular repair, and other critical functions.

As crucial as HGH is to overall health and vitality, it is an unfortunate fact of life that HGH levels drop as you age. This steady decline can lead to what we refer to as “adult-onset”  or “age-related” growth hormone deficiency. Age-related HGH deficiency is treated with growth hormone replacement therapy for adults.

The world’s largest advocate for antiaging medicine is the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Doctor Ronald Klatz, one of the Founders of A4M and author of the book, Grow Young with HGH, has said, “The antiaging effects of growth hormone are global, acting on both mind and body, anatomy and physiology, form and function… By replenishing your supply of growth hormone, you can recover your vigor, health, looks, and sexuality.”

An Overview of HGH and Growth Hormone Deficiency in Adults

HGH is a vital hormone. HGH is responsible for the health and vitality of every cell and tissue in your body.  However, as critical as HGH is to your health and wellness, unfortunately, your levels of HGH decline as you age. Almost all of the things we think of as “signs of aging” — fatigue, weight gain, sexual health issues, memory problems, and more — can all be attributed to this drop in HGH.

Since most if not all of the symptoms of “aging” can be linked to lowered levels of HGH as we age, it was only natural for doctors to wonder if giving older patients HGH could reverse some of these symptoms. The first breakthrough study to illustrate the antiaging effects of HGH was published in 1990 by Dr. Daniel Rudman at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Rudman’s results were published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Rudman’s research clearly showed the many antiaging benefits of HGH. The men in the study who had been given HGH (as opposed to placebo) showed increased muscle tone, loss of fat, younger-looking skin, and reported a feeling of “greater overall wellbeing.”

What is HGH Deficiency

A growth hormone deficiency (GHD) occurs when the pituitary gland fails to produce enough growth hormone. In younger adults, whose pituitary glands are functioning normally, HGH deficiency is a relatively uncommon condition. Estimates are that only 1 in every 10,000 persons has a pituitary disease-related growth hormone deficiency.

However, since your levels of HGH decline as you age, it is not uncommon for most adults between the ages of 45 and 65 to be experiencing some level of adult-onset of age-related growth hormone deficiency.

What Are the Causes and Risk Factors for Growth Hormone Deficiency?

In adults below the age of 40, a case of adult-onset GHD is most likely the result of a disease or injury that impacts the pituitary gland. Most likely a pituitary tumor.

Pituitary damage can also be caused by:

  • Radiation therapy to treat a pituitary tumor or other cancers
  • Severe head injury
  • Certain autoimmune diseases
  • Certain genetic conditions
  • Child-onset growth hormone deficiency that continues into adulthood

However, in adults over 40, the most common cause of growth hormone deficiency is simply the normal drop in growth hormone that occurs as we age. Some people can handle the natural decline of HGH, but in others, it can lead to adult-onset GHD.

How Is Adult-Onset Growth Hormone Deficiency Diagnosed?

Blood Test for Growth Hormone DeficiencyThe only way to determine if you have a growth hormone deficiency is to have the level of HGH in your blood tested. You may also need to have another kind of test that measures your body’s ability to produce HGH. Your evaluation will start with a physical exam. Based on your symptoms, medical history, and results of your physical, if your doctor suspects GHD, he or she will order the apropos blood test.

Please follow your doctor’s instructions exactly on how to prepare for your particular growth hormone test or tests.

In addition to the various blood tests mentioned above, doctors use several other tests to diagnose growth hormone deficiency. These include:

  • A dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan measures your bone density.
  • An MRI of the brain may be taken so your doctor can see the pituitary gland and hypothalamus.
  • Hand x-rays (typically of the left hand) can also help show your doctor your bones. The shape and size of bones change as a healthy person grows. Your doctor can see bone abnormalities with this x-ray.
  • X-rays of the head can show any problems with the bone growth of your skull.

Who Needs HGH Treatment?

Anyone who is suffering from the signs and symptoms (outlined in the following section) of growth hormone deficiency in adults could benefit from growth hormone replacement therapy. Countless published medical studies have shown that growth hormone therapy can reduce, and in some cases, even reverse, the symptoms of GHD.

Symptoms of HGH Deficiency in Adults

The signs of HGH deficiency in adults can often seem like the signs of “just growing old.” This is why many adults with a growth hormone deficiency ignore their symptoms and go untreated.

The most common symptoms of HGH deficiency in adults are:

  • Lack of energy, decreased stamina, feeling unrested due to poor sleep
  • Accumulation of fat stores in the abdomen and throughout the body
  • Decline in muscle mass or strength
  • Warnings of osteoporosis – decreased bone density, joint pains, height shrinkage
  • Impaired cognitive skills, memory loss, mental fog, poor concentration
  • Depression, mood swings, anxiety, stress
  • High cholesterol
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Hair thinning or loss, brittle nails
  • Sagging skin and wrinkles
  • Low libido

Other HGH deficiency symptoms in adults could include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold changes in temperature
  • Hot flashes or night sweats – males can get these, as well
  • Blurry night vision and declining eyesight
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • Social isolation or disinterest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Reduced exercise capacity
  • History of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes
  • Loss of drive or motivation
  • Increased susceptibility to catching colds or viruses
  • Taking too long to recover from cuts, bruises, injuries, or illness

The more symptoms you notice, the more likely that your growth hormone levels are below normal and that you may be suffering from adult-onset GHD.

How Does HGH Treatment Affect Healthy Older Adults?

HRT for Age-Related AdultsResearch has shown that there is evidence to suggest that HGH replacement therapy can help adults with age-related GHD regain their youth and vitality.

Since the publication of the landmark Rudman study, the antiaging benefits of HGH have been confirmed by extensive clinical use and many other studies. Most recently, a 2019 study on HGH and antiaging published in The World Journal of Men’s Health concluded that HGH replacement therapy could increase the lifespan of mice and potentially of humans.

Some of the well-established antiaging benefits of HGH for both men and for women include:

  • More efficient metabolism of fat and its conversion to energy, resulting in a leaner body and increased energy levels.
  • Increased muscle mass, improved tissue and skin repair, renewal of skin cells.
  • Improved sleep patterns resulting in improved brain functioning and better moods.
  • Increased libido and improved sexual performance

Growth Hormone Therapy Results

You can expect to see many positive benefits from HGH injections. HGH is banned from professional sports because of its known performance-enhancing ability. Because HGH is banned in sports, many people think it is illegal or dangerous. It is not. But, you do have to have a doctor’s prescription to purchase HGH injections.

Once you have been diagnosed with low HGH and you begin a course of HGH injections, you can expect to build more muscle, have increased strength and stamina, as well as achieve many other life-changing results.

What are The Risks of HGH treatment?

The use of prescription HGH is generally recognized as safe. However, like any medication, even when properly prescribed by your doctor for antiaging, HGH can have some side effects. Some of the more general negative effects of HGH injections for men and women include:

  • Joint pain
  • Inflammation at the injection site
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

The complete list of possible negative effects of HGH on men, including less common and rare HGH side effects, include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Increased insulin resistance
  • Swelling in the arms and legs (edema)
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Enlargement of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Ear congestion or ear infections
  • Feeling cold
  • Fluid retentions, bloating, and weight gain
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Swelling of extremities
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Nausea and vomiting

How Much Does HGH Therapy Cost?

HGH Therapy CostOur medical advisor will explain the various HGH brand options and prices. Once the HGH brand and injector style is selected, the prescription goes to a fully licensed US pharmacy for processing and shipment to your door.

Our doctors only prescribe well-known name brands of HGH made by respected pharmaceutical companies. These include:

  • Omnitrope
  • Serostim
  • Norditropin
  • Zomacton
  • Genotropin
  • Saizen
  • Humatrope
  • Zorbitive

The brand names of prescription HGH are the same drug. They differ only in the dosages available and the way they are administered. Some are available as standard syringe injections. Others use injection pens/devices. The least expensive are the brands that use syringes. Lower doses of HGH cost less than higher doses.

That all having been said, depending on your needs and the brand of HGH prescribed for you, you should expect to pay from  $1000 to $5000 a month for injectable HGH from a legitimate pharmaceutical company.

Forms Of HGH Treatments for Adults

Types of HGH InjectionsHGH treatment for adults requires a doctor’s prescription. Prescription HGH therapy only comes in one form – growth hormone injections. Genuine HGH therapy does not come in a pill, patch, powder, or any other form. Any product claiming to be HGH or contain HGH that is in any other form than an injection is not actual HGH. Similarly, any product claiming to be HGH or contain HGH that you can purchase without a doctor’s prescription cannot – by law- contain any actual HGH.

Human growth hormone or HGH is a prescription medication. It cannot be purchased online like a vitamin or a dietary supplement. All types of HGH injections are some form of the prescription drug known as somatotropin. Somatropin is prescribed for the treatment of children and adults with a growth hormone deficiency, or GHD.

How to Start HGH Therapy for Adults

You cannot start on growth hormone therapy without a doctor’s prescription. However, getting a prescription for growth hormone injections — if you truly need one — is not that difficult. In fact, it only takes these five simple steps.

  • Step 1 – Fill out an online medical history form – This first step is indeed the only step in the process of getting HGH injections that can be done online.
  • Step 2 – See a doctor –If your online medical history form indicates that you are a good candidate for HGH therapy, the next step is to see your doctor. He or she will discuss your medical history in further detail, ask you more about your symptoms, and take a complete physical exam.
  • Step 3 – Laboratory hormone testing – Once you have completed your physical exam, you will be referred to a laboratory to have the hormone levels in your blood tested.
  • Step 4 – You will obtain a prescription for a program of HGH injections –  If the results of your laboratory tests indicate that you have an HGH deficiency, your doctor will prescribe a dosage of growth hormone injections to suit your needs and lifestyle.
  • Step 5 – Your HGH will be delivered to you – Your prescription for HGH therapy will be forwarded to one of the pharmacies we work with that specializes in filling prescriptions for HGH injections for adults with age-related growth hormone deficiency.

What FDA Says About HGH Therapy

Currently, the FDA has approved human growth hormone to be used to treat several disease conditions that impair normal growth. It has also been recently approved by the FDA as a treatment for weight loss and muscle wasting that occurs in patients with HIV. Clinical studies have also provided evidence of the antiaging benefits and potential life-extending abilities of HGH.

What Does the Research Say About Age-Related Growth Hormone Deficiency?

Clinical research continues to prove the many benefits of growth hormone replacement therapy for men, women, and children. Here is a look at some of the most interesting research investigations and recent developments involving human growth hormone.

The National Institutes of Health have recently provided the Ohio University Edison Biotechnology Institute and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine with a $2.23 million to John Kopchick, Ph.D., to follow up his earlier work that found that growth hormone could extend the lifespan of mice.

Here is what four more of the latest studies are saying about human growth hormone.

  1. Impact of exercise on HGH levels – It has long been known that high-intensity training and strength training could stimulate the release of growth hormone. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation -Insight by researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that lower impact exercises, such as cardio, could also be effective in stimulating the release of certain growth hormones.
  2. New FDA approval for uses of HGH – The FDA has recently approved growth hormone (somatropin) for the treatment of four conditions in children:
    • Idiopathic short stature (ISS)
    • Short stature associated with Turner syndrome
    • Short stature born small for gestational age (SGA) with no catch-up growth by 2 to 4 years
    • Short stature or growth failure in short stature homeobox-containing gene (SHOX) deficiency
  3. Help for stroke victims – A recent study published in the clinical journal Stroke found that growth hormone therapy could be an effective treatment to help return normal cognitive function to stroke victims. While this current research is only in its early phases using mice, it is showing promise. The researchers found that “growth hormone was found to promote plasticity in the brain. The treatment led to higher levels of markers that reflect, among other things, the formation of new blood vessels, repair of nerve damage, and reduced loss of brain tissue compared to controls.”
  4. Enhanced performance – Growth hormone has long been banned by professional and amateur sports organizations for its believed performance-enhancing abilities. A new study from Australia seems to indicate they have a good reason. Researchers at Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research demonstrated that growth hormone increases the speed of a runner. The researcher found that the introduction of HGH allowed athletes to achieve a .4 second improvement in a 10-second sprint. That may not sound like a lot, but in an Olympic competition, .4 seconds could mean the difference between silver and gold!

This is only a brief overview of the ongoing research into the benefits of growth hormone replacement therapy. Research continues, and more uses of HGH are being discovered all of the time.

Now that you know a lot more about growth hormone therapy and adults, why not contact us today, and see if you can benefit from the life-changing benefits of HGH  replacement therapy.

FAQ

Human growth hormone, or HGH, is a naturally occurring polypeptide hormone produced in the pituitary gland. It is the primary hormone that influences growth and development. Although HGH is critical in the process of a child growing normally into an adult, it still plays a vital role throughout our lives. HGH is vital to almost every metabolic process your body requires.

HGH therapy is 100% legal and approved by the FDA for the treatment of children and adults who have been diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. However, it is illegal to use HGH WITHOUT a doctor's prescription. Using growth hormone without a doctor's prescription is not only against the law, but it can also be hazardous to your health.

You cannot legally buy HGH online or anywhere else without a doctor’s prescription. Getting a prescription for growth hormone therapy is not hard. It takes these five easy steps.

  • Step 1 – Fill out an online medical history form – Filling out an online medical history form is the only step in getting HGH injections that can be done online. You cannot purchase real HGH online.
  • Step 2 - See a doctor –If your medical history indicates that you need growth hormone therapy, the next step is to see a doctor. He or she will discuss your medical history in further detail, evaluate your symptoms, and take a complete physical exam.
  • Step 3 – Laboratory hormone testing – Once the exam and evaluation by your doctor are completed, you will be referred to a laboratory to have the actual HGH level in your blood tested.
  • Step 4 – Obtain a legal prescription for HGH injections - If the results of your laboratory tests indicate that you are growth hormone deficient, and based on your physical exam and medical history, your doctor will prescribe a brand of growth hormone injections that is most compatible with your symptoms and lifestyle.
  • Step 5 – Your HGH injection package is delivered – Your prescription for injectable HGH will be forwarded to one of the pharmacies we work with. The pharmacy will then deliver your HGH therapy supplies to you per the doctor's instructions.  

Any licensed medical doctor can write you a prescription for growth hormone therapy, but you should not get your HGH treatments from just any doctor. You should work with physicians like ours who specialize in treating men and women for age-related hormone deficiencies.

Growth hormone therapy is designed to replace the HGH that your body is no longer making enough of. The benefits of HGH have been well-documented. Originally, HGH therapy was used mainly to treat children who were failing to achieve normal height. Since its discovery and original use, researchers have looked into other benefits of HGH -- specifically, its anti-aging properties for older men and women.

Authentic growth hormone therapy is ONLY available as injections. All of the growth hormone made by the major drug manufacturers in the US is some form of the prescription medication somatropin. It is only prescribed in an injectable form. There is no such thing as “over-the-counter” HGH or any kind of HGH that can be bought without a prescription. Any product claiming to be HGH, or contain HGH that is available in a pill, or a powder, or any other form than an injection, or could be purchased without a prescription – cannot, by law, be real HGH. Any such products can be avoided.

All HGH injections are some form of somatropin. Somatropin is made from recombinant human DNA, so it is an exact duplicate of the HGH normally produced by your body. There are different brands of HGH injections available. These differ only in their dosages and injection methods. Some use traditional syringes; others use injectable pens or cartridges.

We only work with legitimate pharmacists that provide our patients with one of the name brands of prescription HGH.

The most popular brands of injectable HGH that can be bought online include:

  • Genotropin
  • Humatrope
  • Omnitrope
  • Norditropin
  • Zomacton
  • Saizen
  • Serostim

You can expect to see many benefits from growth hormone therapy, such as increased muscle mass, loss of fat, and renewed energy.

For men and women who have been diagnosed with age-related GHD, growth hormone injections have been found to:

  • Improve fat metabolism, resulting in lower body mass index (BMI)
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Provide more restful sleep
  • Improve memory and other cognitive functions
  • Decrease anxiety and return life to more of an “even keel”
  • Increase libido and improve sexual performance
  • Strengthen bones, and fight osteoporosis

In addition, HGH injections can also improve heart health by helping to reduce cholesterol and open blood vessels that have been clogged with arterial plaque.

Growth hormone therapy is given for a course of about six months. After you have completed your first six-month program, you will be evaluated to see if you need to continue. Either way, you will be given lifestyle, diet, and fitness counseling which will help you to maintain the many great benefits you will have achieved from HGH injections.

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