Growth Hormone Stimulation

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     In our thirties, we start losing human growth hormone (hGH). There are synthetically prepared growth hormone releasing hormones (GHRH) available that stimulate production in the brain to release human growth hormone by the pituitary gland. These stimulators give us all the good effects but none of the side effects of taking Human Growth Hormone. 

     The GHRH I recommend, the most potent and effective one currently available, is an injection that you give yourself one a day, 6 out of 7 days a week. It is something that you would be taking for the rest of your life if you want to feel the continued benefits. Although some clients notice a difference in one week, you need to use the GHRH for 4 weeks to notice the complete effects. Some more dramatic physical effects will take 6 to 12 months before there are any benefits. 

     You will need to get certain blood tests to begin treatment to make sure your growth hormones levels are indeed low. These blood tests will be covered by your insurance. These lab tests will be repeated throughout your treatment course to make sure your levels are rising and at a good level to get the benefits from the GHRH. In order to receive GHRH, you cannot have a pituitary tumor or any form of cancer, retinopathy, untreated thyroid disease, or be pregnant.   

    The most common reactions to GRHR is related to local irritation around the injection site. The irritation can be redness, pain or swelling. There are other side effects which occur in less than one percent of clients. These side effects include severe drowsiness, hives, nausea, vomiting, hyperactivity, dizziness, distortion of perception of taste and flushing of the skin.                              

     The cost of the initial visit is $250 which includes the evaluation, body composition, ordering of the lab tests and nutritional counseling. The follow up visits are $200 which includes the lab test results, evaluation, instructions, support and supplies. The follow up visits are every 1-3 months, depending on how you feel and your lab results. The cost of the GHRH is $400 for one month supply and will be shipped to you from the pharmacy.

BENEFITS

1.  Changes in Body Composition

Changes in body composition due to  decreasing levels of Human Growth Hormone (hGH) are reflected by a decrease in lean body mass (muscle) and an increase in fat mass. Correcting hGH levels has been shown to reverse this state by improving muscle mass and reducing fat.

2. Bone Mineral Density

Research indicates that hGH deficiency in adults contributes to a reduction in bone density and therefore  increased risk of osteoporosis. It has also been shown that hGH replacement therapy for greater than 12 months results in improved bone mineral density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis.

3. Muscle Strength

Due to changes in body composition  detailed above, muscle strength is understandably compromised. As hGH  therapy corrects body composition and improves muscle mass, muscle strength also improves. The best results are gained after 12 months of hGH therapy.

4. Joint Health

By improving bone mineral density and increasing muscle mass and strength, hGH therapy can help to prevent joint deterioration that is a feature of arthritis. Optimal  growth hormone levels are also essential for health of connective tissue  such as the synovium found in joints.

5. Exercise Performance

Exercise performance is reduced in individuals with growth hormone deficiency. This appears to be partially due to reductions in bone density and muscle mass but also in part due to a reduction in oxygen uptake. HGH therapy for 6 months has been shown to improve exercise performance by improving muscle mass and also oxygen uptake.

6. Heart Health

There is evidence of a greater risk of  heart disease in individuals with growth hormone deficiency and it has  been hypothesized that this is due to a greater propensity to develop premature build-up of plaque inside the arteries which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Growth hormone deficiency also results in changes in heart size and function. These changes have been demonstrated to be reversed after 6 months hGH therapy.

7. Metabolism

Growth hormone deficiency results in a reduced resting metabolism and replacement therapy reverses this  decrease. HGH therapy has also been shown to increase protein synthesis, increase fat oxidation, normalize carbohydrate metabolism and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. These favorable effects on metabolism may explain some of the other benefits of hGH including improved hearth health and body composition.

8. Skin Thickness

A reduction in skin thickness and  all-important skin collagen is another result of growth hormone  deficiency. Both conditions are improved by hGH therapy.

9. Immune Function

Although adults with growth hormone  deficiency are not normally considered to have a compromised immune  system, there is some evidence to suggest that hGH therapy can help regulate immune function.

10. Libido

It has been demonstrated that people with  growth hormone deficiency have more difficulty with sexual relationships and reportedly, lower energy levels. Many individuals have found an improvement in energy, libido and sexual performance following hGH therapy, some men even claiming an improvement in problems with premature ejaculation.

11. Quality of Life

Reduced psychological well-being has been reported in individuals with growth hormone deficiency and hGH  replacement has resulted in improvements in mood, energy and general feelings of well-being.