Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Therapy in Beverly Hills, CA
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is the primary hormone responsible for growth throughout childhood. In adulthood, it plays a key role in metabolism and regulation of cellular growth and reproduction in all of your tissues. Your body produces HGH in pulses throughout the day and night, with the highest release phases occurring during sleep and after vigorous exercise. HGH production peaks during puberty and begins to fall around the age of twenty-five. By the time we reach our 50s most of us can expect a 30-50% decline in HGH production. HGH is critical for regeneration and growth of tissues like muscle, skin, and bones and so deficiencies can result in difficulty gaining muscle mass, decreased skin elasticity and wrinkling, decreased bone mineral density and increased risk of fracture, and impaired energy and sleep.
Evaluation for HGH deficiency is performed by measuring the level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in your blood and comparing it to age-appropriate normal ranges. For patients with true HGH deficiency, once daily injections with recombinant HGH may be appropriate. Alternative therapies with peptides that boost HGH secretion may have similar effects.
Does Hgh Supplementation Have A Role In Antiaging In People Without True Growth Hormone Deficiency?
There is a lot of controversy regarding the prescription of HGH for antiaging effects in patients with normal levels of IGF-1. Several studies have demonstrated potential benefits of supplemental HGH in preventing or combatting the symptoms of aging. However, a study by The National Center for Biotechnology Information of healthy older patients (age 65 years or older) demonstrated that HGH supplementation was associated with several adverse effects including soft tissue swelling, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and glucose intolerance that increases the risk of developing diabetes. Of note, no studies have demonstrated similar adverse effects of HGH supplementation in patients younger than 65. Nevertheless, off-label use of supplemental HGH in patients without true deficiency is not approved by the FDA and is illegal. However, the use of peptides that promote HGH secretion is permissible, although data regarding safety and effectiveness are limited because these therapies are relatively new and our clinical experience with them is limited.
Do Over-the-counter Hgh Tablets Or Time-released Capsules Work?
No. HGH cannot be taken by mouth because the stomach would digest it as it does food, and would not reach the bloodstream. For HGH to work, it must be injected. Over the counter supplements are usually amino acids like L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-ornithine. While high doses of these compounds sometimes produce a release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland, the effect is small and requires very high doses, which can cause kidney and liver problems.