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Growth Hormone And Aging Treatment

Posted by on Sunday, January 17, 2010, 14:36
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Some  years ago the wire services were clogged with reports that human growth hormone, as advocated by a group of workers at the University of Wisconsin, was the answer to the deterioration’s of aging .

I cringe when I hear such news, because I know that soon the phone will be jangling with crowds of patients wanting to get on the bandwagon.

To this day, I see advertisements in popular magazines of clinics near or below the Mexican border where rejuvenation therapy with a youth hormone (HGH) is provided. Such ballyhoo is not unique.

Youth farms have flourished for centuries, largely in Europe, where flocks of the hopeful converge in the search for renewed energies and childhood retrieved. Like other schemes, rejuvenation therapy has some rationale behind it.

Certainly muscle strength is lower in older people, and this muscle weakness translates into bundles of clinical problems. It is also true that older people have lower levels of growth hormones in the blood than younger people. Hence the suggestion that restoration of HGH levels to normal will restore the lost strength of youth.

It now appears that growth hormone use is loaded with problems. The important research group at Washington University in St. Louis reported their experience with HGH in older people. Half of their group of subjects stopped the use of the aging treatment within two to eight weeks of its initiation, due to symptoms of arthritis and fluid retention.

This high percentage of side effects occurred despite low doses of the drug. Further, those subjects who were able to complete four months of aging treatment failed to exhibit substantial increases in muscle strength.

Other reports of side effects secondary to growth hormone use include induction of diabetes and cancer. The reason older people’s muscles grow weak and their HGH levels are low is not due to the fact that they are old.

Their muscles are weak and their hormone levels are low because they have stopped exercising. The answer to this problem lies not at the drugstore but in the walk to and from the drugstore. Such treatment is effective, safe, devoid of side effects, and cheap. HGH treatment costs in the range of $1S,000 per year.

Nevertheless, Americans seem destined to continue to seek salvation in a pill bottle. Technology appeals to us. Easy fix solutions are part of our culture, but muscles don’t yet know that. The way to keep older muscles fit is to use them, not jack them up with anabolic steroids.

It is still possible that growth hormone injections may have a useful role in medical care, such as following a severe injury or stroke, but your aging remains yours to manage, with little help on the horizon from your friendly pharmacist.

To keep your growth hormone levels up and your bones and your muscles strong, start by taking a walk.

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