HGH therapy is a medically prescribed treatment that increases the amount of human growth hormone in the bloodstream. As we age, the pituitary gland decreases the amount of HGH it produces. That can leave the body with a deficit. Although you are long done growing, the body still needs HGH for cell production, tissue repair, metabolism, immunity, brain functions and more. Recombinant HGH therapy provides supplemental human growth hormones that are molecularly identical to naturally secreted HGH from the pituitary gland. A hormone specialist will carefully calculate the amount of HGH your body needs for ideal hormonal balance. HGH therapy consists of a once-a-day injection, typically at night.
Adults who qualify for growth hormone replacement therapy will meet the following requirements: low levels of insulin growth factor 1 as shown by blood test results, symptoms associated with growth hormone deficiency, and no contraindications that would prohibit the use of HGH therapy. The IGF-1 blood test is used as the ideal growth hormone deficiency identifier because GH stimulates the liver to produce IGF-1. Since the pituitary gland secretes GH in pulsatile bursts that rapidly enter and exit the bloodstream, that hormone is a poor indicator of its overall production. IGF-1 levels are dependent on growth hormone, and they stay relatively stable in the bloodstream all day. The most common conditions that are contraindicated for HGH therapy are cancer, diabetic retinopathy, and critical illness due to abdominal or open-heart surgery, multiple injury, and respiratory problems.
The only way to know if you have HGH deficiency is by checking your blood hormone levels. Some of the most common symptoms are fatigue, weight gain, aging skin, muscle loss, joint pains, memory and cognitive decline, and frequent illnesses. Low sex drive, thinning hair, and height shrinkage are other possible identifiers. You will need to undergo a physical examination and blood test to receive an HGH deficiency diagnosis and treatment.
To begin HGH therapy, you must first contact a hormone specialist to receive your consultation, physical examination, and blood test. You will also complete a comprehensive medical questionnaire so that the hormone doctor knows your past and current health issues, medications, and supplements. Following a thorough review of your completed medical file, the doctor can then determine if HGH therapy is right for you. If so, all medications and supplies are delivered to your door so that you can start treatment for adult growth hormone deficiency.
HGH deficiency has multiple causes. Severe injuries to the head, tumors of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus, or radiation treatments can lead to decreased growth hormone production. Hypothalamic or pituitary disorders, certain medications, and some infections can also cause HGH deficiency. For adults over thirty, the most likely cause of HGH decline is the natural aging process. By the time most people are in their mid-twenties, the amount of HGH produced each day continues to decrease. After many years or even decades of this decline, the body could start to suffer symptoms associated with not enough HGH to go around to all the various receptor cells in the brain and on all tissues in the body.
The list of symptoms associated with HGH deficiency is extensive. Because HGH has receptors in the brain, you might experience depression, changes in mood, trouble sleeping, poor concentration, impaired cognitive functions, and memory loss. Physically, HGH deficiency can cause weight gain, muscle loss, decreased bone density, wrinkles, cellulite, sagging skin, brittle nails, thinning hair, balding, or loss of hair color (graying). HGH deficiency weakens the immune system so you may become sick more often, or take longer to heal from injury, cuts, or illnesses. High cholesterol and glucose imbalance are possible. Other symptoms of HGH deficiency include low libido, menopausal issues such as hot flashes and night sweats, and sensitivity to changes in temperature. Since HGH helps regulate cellular regeneration, your internal organs make shrink and not function properly.
Because growth hormone levels fluctuate widely during the day – the hormone leaves the bloodstream within minutes of its release – doctors use insulin growth factor 1 to determine if a person has normal HGH levels. For adult males over age 30, the range of IGF-1 goes from 71 to 241 ng/dL. However, by the time a man reaches age 61, the range drops to 47 to 191 ng/dL. For women over 30, we start out with 73 to 244 ng/dL. By age 61, it declines to 41 to 168 ng/dL. With that much less growth hormone available to the body, it is no surprise that many adults require HGH supplementation.
You will go to a local laboratory to have a sample of your blood collected for the various blood panels the doctor will run to check for low HGH. After your initial consultation, we will see which lab is nearest to you and send over all the lab requisitions for the correct tests. Once the test results are in, the doctor will be able to determine if you have low human growth hormone levels. A physical examination with a local doctor and the completion of our online health questionnaire complete the diagnostic process.
There are a few easy steps you must complete before you can get an HGH prescription. The first is a consultation – by phone – with one of our medical advisors. Next, you will undergo an examination and blood test at facilities in your area. We place our health history questionnaire right here on this website for easy completion. Once all these steps are finalized, and the results are received at our clinic, our hormone doctor will review your medical file and determine if you have growth hormone deficiency. If so, you will then receive your HGH prescription.
The cost of HGH therapy depends on a few factors: 1) the amount of HGH you need based on your level of deficiency, 2) how long the doctor wants you to receive HGH therapy (helps determine how much you need to order), and 3) the brand and injector style of HGH therapy. Some brands, such as Norditropin and Genotropin cost more than others, like Omnitrope and Zomacton. That does not make them any better. Also, using a fancy injector pen will cost more than getting your HGH powder in traditional vials that you use with a syringe and needle. We will work with you to find an option that meets your budgetary requirements.
We wish we could tell you that HGH therapy results happen instantly – they do not. It is not the same thing as taking an aspirin to get rid of a headache. The symptoms of growth hormone deficiency did not happen overnight. It took many years of a decline to get you to this point. However, it will not take that long to see results. Most people notice the initial benefits during the first two weeks of treatment. That can include better sleep, increased energy, laughing more freely, and an overall positive feeling that things are beginning to change. By the end of month one, you may have better focus and more of a sex drive. With each passing month, you will notice more results, as well as improvements in the ones that came before. Month three is the magic number where you really begin to see the physical changes taking shape. This may include weight loss, better muscle tone, smoother skin, and thicker hair growth.
HGH therapy has many benefits for adults. The primary benefit is to ensure that your hormone levels are in balance so that your body can perform at its peak level of operation. Of course, there are the day to day benefits that impact your life the most. You can expect to sleep more soundly at night, waking up less, and feeling refreshed in the morning. With a better functioning metabolism, you will lose unwanted belly fat and have more energy to power you through the day. Because HGH influences cellular regeneration, your internal organs will maintain their size and functions. That same cell reproduction is crucial for maintaining muscle and bone mass, collagen and elastin for skin thickness, and hair growth. Your immune system, libido, and cholesterol levels will benefit from HGH therapy. One of the most important factors here is that HGH supplies critical growth hormones to the brain to impact memory, performance, and emotional well-being.
Most adults who use HGH therapy will never notice any side effects because our doctors take great care in determining the proper dosage for each person. HGH side effects occur when there is too much growth hormone in the bloodstream. Of course, we cannot always predict how the body will react to the start of treatment. If side effects occur, the doctor may decrease the dosage for a while until they subside, and then gradually increase the amount while the body stabilizes. The most common reaction to the shots is at the injection site where you might notice some irritation, redness, pain, or itching. More often than not this has to do with inexperience at giving yourself a shot. It will likely stop happening with practice. Other possible side effects include fluid retention, pains in the joints, muscles, or nerves, carpal tunnel syndrome, high cholesterol, acromegaly, and glucose intolerance. However, these issues are extremely rare and reversible by having the doctor lower your HGH dosage.
HGH therapy is not approved for weight loss. While it is true that you will likely lose some of your unwanted belly fat from HGH therapy, it may not result in a dramatic loss of weight. While you are burning fat, your body is also increasing lean muscle mass. The change will be more noticeable in the mirror and in the wearing of your clothes than it may be on the scale. HGH therapy is not a dietary aid. It will only be prescribed for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency.
You can expect significant benefits and changes when you begin HGH therapy. Because growth hormone impacts almost every area of the body, you will see these results in many ways. Your brain functions and emotional well-being will improve. HGH therapy increases cell reproduction which benefits collagen and elastin production, the skin, hair, nails, internal organs, bones, muscles, and other tissues. Your immunity, metabolism, and temperature regulation require HGH, as does your libido and sexual functions. HGH also aids in the production of insulin growth factor 1 and testosterone, two crucial hormones that everyone needs. You can expect to look and feel better and healthier than you have in years.
A number of different things can happen when you stop HGH therapy. The first scenario can have nothing change at all. We see this in people who use the benefits of HGH therapy to improve their lifestyle habits. If you start to exercise, get enough sleep, reduce stress, and consume a healthy diet, then your body may increase its HGH production naturally. There are those individuals who do everything right, but still have problems with HGH secretion. For them, a switch to sermorelin therapy may be the right choice. Sermorelin stimulates the pituitary gland to increase HGH production. It is a good treatment choice once your symptoms of HGH deficiency are no longer bothersome. Of course, if you do still have symptoms of growth hormone decline once your treatment timeframe ends, you may want to consider continuing treatment. If you stop HGH therapy and do not work on your end to improve growth hormone production, your levels could decline, and the signs of HGH deficiency could return.
If HGH could make adults taller, many more people would be rushing out to get it. Unfortunately, once your body stops growing, it is done. However, HGH can make some people appear taller for the following reasons: 1) increased collagen and synovial fluid in the joints help you stand taller. Bone and joint pain can cause you to slump, HGH can help you stand erect. 2) You develop better muscle tone which can help support the skeletal system so that you can stand taller. 3) Since HGH stimulates cellular regeneration, it supplies more osteoblasts to the bones so that they become denser and stronger to avoid shrinkage.
One of the primary functions of HGH is cellular regeneration. When the body is growth hormone deficient, it does not produce enough cells to meet all of its needs. Cuts, fractures, and other injuries that require these cells do not get enough of a supply to facilitate rapid healing. That is why injuries take longer to heal when you are older. The same applies to illnesses, where you need germ-fighting blood cells to keep your healthy. When you increase HGH levels, you provide your body with what it needs to heal and recover faster.
HGH is a significant booster of the libido for men and women. One of the many functions of HGH is to stimulate testosterone production. Testosterone is not just the male sex hormone. It is also essential for female sexual desire and functions. HGH is also beneficial in reducing or eliminating many of the symptoms of menopause that interfere with libido, including vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Many growth hormone deficient adults tell us that HGH therapy has significantly improved their sex drive, performance, and pleasure.
HGH plays a significant role in building muscle, but that does not mean it will work for bodybuilders. Normal levels of HGH are necessary to stimulate collagen synthesis in tendons and skeletal muscle. Through its process of cellular regeneration, HGH helps increase the number and size of myofibers in the muscles. Myofibers can split and the satellite cells that HGH can provide help with the new nuclei that increase the size of the myofibers. HGH plays a primary role in protein synthesis that the muscles use to maintain and build their size. If your body has normal levels of HGH, then supplementing further will not improve its muscle-building benefits.
After entering the bloodstream, one of the places that HGH goes is into the testes. There, it stimulates the production of testosterone. Furthermore, having more testosterone in the bloodstream further helps to stimulate HGH production in the pituitary gland. The relationship between testosterone and HGH is reciprocal.