The Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is responsible for cell growth and regeneration. It is produced in the pituitary gland and plays a vital role in all growth processes and maintaining the health of human tissue of various organs including the brain. The Human Growth Hormone is secreted into the bloodstream where it is only active for a few minutes and during this period the liver plays the role of converting the HGH into growth factors. The growth factors host anabolic properties, such growth factors include the IGF-1 which is the Insulin Growth Factor-1. The Human Growth Hormone or simply, GH plays major roles in the growth of children and adolescents. The GH helps to regulate body compositions, muscle, body fluids, bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism. The Human Growth Hormone, also known as somatotropin, has been abused since its synthetic development in 1985. With each day passing, many people want to add their HGH levels in order to look or feel younger. This leads to the question: What is human growth hormone? What role does HGH play?
The human growth hormone is used to treat poor growth in children as a result of certain medical conditions. Such medical conditions which result in poor growth among children include:
- Prada-Willi syndrome which is associated with a genetic disorder which causes low levels of sex hormones, poor muscle tone and a constant feeling or complains of hunger among children.
- Turner’s syndrome which causes a genetic disorder in the development of girls.
- Chronic kidney insufficiency
- Children who are born small for gestational age.
The human growth hormone is recommended for adults with certain medical conditions such as muscle wasting, short bowel syndrome which is a condition resulting from poor nutrient absorption because of a severe intestinal disease. Adults with growth hormone deficiency may be prescribed synthetic growth hormone when the hormone is naturally deficient because of a medical condition called pituitary adenoma. This pituitary adenoma is a tumor on the pituitary gland, and can be treated through surgery or radiotherapy.
Questions about the Human Growth Hormone and whether it does help in slow aging have been asked before and most people have described it as the key to slow the aging process. Evidence has been provided to prove that the human growth hormone does indeed play a role in aging decline, which people so badly want. The human growth hormone is able to maintain youthfulness and vitality by overcoming the aging process. Naturally, the HGH hormone production by the pituitary gland reduces as one approaches the middle ages and hence there is no way to escape aging. However, the synthetic hormone has come to the rescue of those who wish to maintain their youth and vigor. Experts on the HGH do not advise on the use of the hormone to overcome age related conditions. The use of HGH among adults increases the muscle mass and reduces the amount of fat in the body. The muscle increase does not however translate to increase in strength. More studies are being carried out to determine other additional benefits of using human growth hormone among adults.
It is important for one to test for HGH levels in the body. Testing for HGH levels will help you in determining whether it is low or high and how to go about it after that. Naturally, HGH levels will be different for both adult men and women. As for adult men, the amount of human growth hormone circulating in the blood stream is below 5 nanograms per milliliter and it is highest during puberty and declines steadily from early twenties onwards. As for adult females, the human growth hormone levels is almost twice that of male. This is because of the child bearing process. The levels decrease sharply beyond adolescent stage.
Low levels of human growth hormone, or HGH deficiency can result in health problems and complications. The human growth hormone is very important even after attaining maximum maturity. The HGH plays very important roles such as aiding in proper brain function. HGH deficiency among adults especially, will result in the following conditions:
High body fat levels around the waist
Depression and anxiety
Fatigue and lack of stamina
Reduction in bone density and strength
Decrease in sexual interest and function
Feelings of isolation and loneliness
Low self esteem
Over sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
Poor focus and concentration
Low level of human growth hormone is brought about by damage of the producing gland or the hypothalamus which controls the production of the growth hormone in the pituitary gland. To treat HGH deficiency, the doctor prescribes daily doses of the hormone which is administered through injections. The patient is supposed to go for a blood test after every four or eight weeks, in order to determine the growth hormone level in the blood.
Taking human growth hormone has numerous health benefits, of which include slowing the aging process, enhancing muscles, reducing body fat, proper functioning of the brain, improved sexual function, synthesis of new protein tissue, improved sleeping patterns, increase in bone strength, more energy production and boosting the functioning of the kidney and heart.
For those with normal levels of HGH, taking doses or injections of HGH prescribed by a doctor, will prove to be beneficial to them. First, it is normal for HGH levels to decline once you attain the age of thirty and above. At this stage, one is described to have SDS (Somatotropin Deficiency Syndrome). This is a natural process. Studies carried out on HGH showed that it can reduce aging in a significant way. A test was carried out on men aged between 60 and 80. In six months after taking HGH, they looked twenty years younger! Taking HGH for those with normal levels will come with many benefits such as:
Improvement in skin texture and thickness
Enhanced immunity and resistance to infection
Quick recovery from infections and injuries
Increase in exercise endurance and tolerance
Development of positive attitude towards life and general improvement in moods
Improvement in sleeping habits and quality of sleep
Improvement in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease syndromes
Boosted creativity and mental well-being
Improvement in kidney and heart function
Proper mineral balance in the body
A boost in sexual drive and desire
Proper brain functioning which also improves one’s intelligence and understanding capacity
Increase in fertility, ovulation for females and production of sperms in male
Better hair growth