Richard Gaines, M.D., FAARM, ABAARM
You may have heard about growth hormone, or growth hormone therapy. Celebrities such as Nick Nolte and Sylvester Stallone have sworn by the life changing and anti-aging benefits of growth hormone.
Growth hormone, also known as Human Growth Hormone, or HGH is a vital hormone. Growth hormone is what allows you to grow from a child to an adult. But, even once you are “all grown up,” growth hormone continues to play a vital role in your strength, vitality and overall wellbeing.
Science is only just beginning to understand how we can “turn back the clock” with growth hormone therapy, and it is being used more and more lately to help men and women over 40, look and feel years younger.
The demand for growth hormone has led to many products flooding the market, particularly on the internet, claiming to be “growth hormone.” As a consumer you must be very weary of such products. They cannot, and do not contain any growth hormone.
The only way to get genuine human growth hormone therapy is with a doctor’s prescription.
How is Prescription HGH Administered?
Furthermore, the only way to take real growth hormone is with an intramuscular injection. Any website, or store, or clinic, that is offering you any kind of product claiming to be, or contain growth hormone, in a pill, powder, or any form other than an injection, is not providing you with authentic Human Growth Hormone.
Also, more importantly, the only way to legally obtain real growth hormone is to see a qualified physician and obtain a legitimate prescription. In order for him or her to legally prescribe growth hormone for you, your doctor will have to test your HGH level.
Two tests are normally performed to determine if your levels of HGH are normal or not. The first is called a pituitary simulation test, or the IGF-1 test, and the other is a test for IGF-BP3.
“IGF” is an acronym for “insulin-like growth factor.” The level of these “IGFs” in your blood will tell your doctor if you are making enough HGH. If your IGF levels are low, you are not producing adequate supplies of HGH, and could be a candidate for growth hormone therapy.
What Kind of Doctor Prescribes Growth Hormone?
Any medical doctor can have your HGH level tested and prescribe growth hormone if indicated. However, it is best that you get your growth hormone prescription from a doctor or facility that specializes in hormone therapy, and/or age management. Such practitioners will understand how to interpret your overall health and wellness, and not just look at your hormone levels as their only diagnostic tool.
If you are between the ages of 35- 55 and feeling tired, depressed, gaining weight and facing sexual wellness issues, it is good chance that you could benefit from a doctor’s prescription for HGH.
Benefits of Growth Hormone Therapy
There have been many well-documented studies indicating the positive benefits of prescription growth hormone therapy. One of the first, and still cited most often, was a ground breaking study published in 1990. The study, which was presented in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine showed how growth hormone given to a group of elderly men, increased muscle tone, helped the men lose fat, regenerated the quality of their skin, and provided an “overall feeling of more youth and vitality.”
Since then, the use of growth hormone has become more widespread with even more positive results being reported such as:
- Improved fat metabolism, resulting in a leaner body and increased energy levels.
- Better regulation of sleep by improving deep REM-sleep, resulting in improved brain functioning, decreased risk of obesity, and better mood
- Improved libido and sexual performance
- Benefits to the cardiovascular system
- Improved immune system
Growth hormone therapy has also been known to:
- Help lower blood pressure
- Help lower cholesterol
- Decrease insulin resistance and improve fat metabolism
- Improve bone density
- Increase lean muscle mass
- Increase skin health
- Slow hair loss
In a nutshell, when you can increase your level of HGH with prescription growth hormone, every bodily process that relies on HGH becomes more efficient, which can lead to a younger, healthier you!
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