Can Hormones Stop Aging?
In the last decade there has been a lot of interest in the role of hormones and aging.
The neuroendocrine theory suggests that it is the decline of the nervous and endocrine systems and lessening of their ability to regulate and integrate the body’s key activities could be one of the factors that may contribute to aging.
Decreased hormone levels result in a body wide imbalance that decreases the immune system, strength, metabolism and sexual functions.
Key hormones such as thyroxine, oestriol, testosterone, growth hormone, IGF-1, melatonin, Dhea decrease as we age and replacement with physiological doses of bio-identical hormones may delay the effects of aging and help someone age better.
Human Growth Hormones (HGH)
Human Growth Hormones is said to be the mother of all hormones. It is a simple protein hormone released by the pituitary gland. It enters our bloodstream in bursts during sleep. It travels to the liver, where it is converted into a substance called insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is the messenger molecule that travels to all parts of the body stimulating cell production and growth.
It is Human Growth Hormones that is responsible for telling our bodies to grow cells, bones, organs and muscles. Human Growth Hormones is in plentiful supply until about age 20. Each decade from then on we lose approximately 20% of our Human Growth Hormones base level. So by the time you are 60 to 70, your body has access to only 15% to 20% of the Human Growth Hormones you had in your youth.
Human Growth Hormones promotes growth by helping transport amino acids (the building blocks of protein) between cells and into cells. Amino acids are used by the body to create muscles and to build and restore organs, including the heart and skin.
Gerontologists now believe that low levels of Human Growth Hormones may be one of the contributors to aging, because this hormone is primarily responsible for growth and regeneration of every cell in our bodies.
Everyday regardless of our age, millions of cells die and millions of new cells are produced. When we are young and growing, the high levels of Human Growth Hormones cause our bodies to produce more new cells than those that die off. Our bodies expand in size and look young and fit.
As we got older, less Human Growth Hormones is produced (much of this decline can be attributed to our lifestyles), reversing the balance of new to old – more cells are dying than are been produced in every muscle, organ and part of our bodies. It is no wonder our body begins to break down. This is why we become less functional and begin to age.
Indeed, some healthy aging doctors believe that correct Human Growth Hormones levels are the secret to maintaining youth. Correct and specifically tailored exercise, diet, meditation and nutritional supplements will all naturally increase Human Growth Hormones and prolong youth. But from around 50 to 60 years, even those treatments are not enough.
It is firm belief of these physicians that to stay young many older people should supplement these treatments by taking Human Growth Hormones directly.
More than 50 years of research and 28,000 different studies on Human Growth Hormones have been done. The first controlled, random, double-blind clinical study in this area was undertaken by Dr Daniel Rudman at the medical college of Wisconsin and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1990.
Dr Rudman wrote, “These effects of six months of Human Growth Hormones on lean body mass and adipose tissue mass were equivalent in magnitude to the changes incurred during 10 to 20 years of aging”.
Dr Victor Goh of National University of Singapore had the same results in Chinese males in Singapore.
As decrease in lean body mass and muscle bulk in one of the causes of immobility and falls in the elderly Human Growth Hormones supplementation may improve the quality of life of elderly patients. In fact, Dr Rudman did not believe that Human Growth Hormones therapy will make people live longer, but that it will improve the quality of their life – stronger bones and muscles will improve mobility and independence and mean fewer falls and broken bones.
Who Should Take Human Growth Hormones?
Human Growth Hormones supplementation, just like replacement therapy of other hormones must be done by doctors knowledgeable in this field of medicine.
The FDA has approved Human Growth Hormones use in adult growth hormone deficiency syndrome.
Those doctors involved in this field agree that using physiological doses of bio-identical hormones and closely monitored for the individual person has very few side effects and together with modifying their lifestyle and following a good nutrition and exercise program will improve the overall quality of their life.
Bio-Identical Hormone Solution
The goal of hormone using bio-identical hormones management for optimal health is never to achieve unnaturally high levels of any hormone, but to replicate the optimal levels and ratios of optimal health using natural bio-identical hormones. By restoring hormone profiles to optimal levels, you will not only have a more youtful appearance, but improved function and increased resisteance to disease.
Bio-identical hormones are exactly similar in molecular structure and function to our naturally occuring hormones but they are synthesized from plant sources such as soy plant and wild yam. Thus it does not have all of the side effects of synthetic hormones such as the risk of breast cancer.
Bio-identical hormones are customized according to your specific needs and compounded into a cream form. These creams are then administered transdermally or transmucosally. Researches have shown that these routes are the most natural routes of hormonal supplementation, and thus, have none of the complications, side effects and risk factors of oral hormonal supplements.
Whether the person need injectable Human Growth Hormones or secratogogues will depend on his initial Human Growth Hormones levels.
The only caution is unlike vitamin supplementation which need not be closely monitored, hormone supplementation in higher than normal doses and if non bio-identical hormones are used can lead to various side effects which can be serious. Therefore any hormone intake whether it is thyroxine, insulin, testosterone or Human Growth Hormones must be in consultation with a trained doctor knowledgeable in this subject.