What Is Anti-Aging & Regenerative Treatment?
Aging is an intricate, complex process that includes many areas of our body, and people have been searching for the “Fountain of Youth” for ages.
Anti-aging medicine is the application of any therapy or modality that delivers early detection, prevention, treatment, or reversal of aging-related dysfunction and disease. It both enhances the quality, and extends the quantity, of the human life span. The aim of anti-aging medicine is not only to slow down the aging process, but also to keep the body functioning at its optimum peak level.
New treatments giving so many people added years of life are the interventions and therapeutics of anti-aging medicine, a combination of hormone replacement therapy, nutritional supplements, high-dose antioxidants and vitamins, and a custom-designed exercise/rehabilitation program.
For patients with Growth Hormone deficiency, the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has been called the “Fountain of Youth”, or The Master Hormone of Youth.
Human Growth Hormone and Aging
How might this powerful hormone affect the elderly and the aging process?
After the age of 30, the secretion of Growth Hormone by the pituitary gland tends to decline, and the aging process becomes more noticeable. Diminished secretion of GH is accompanied, not only by a fall in the plasma, but also by alterations in the body composition. These alterations caused by Growth Hormone deficiency can be reversed by replacement doses of the hormone.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. This substance is secreted in short pulses during the first hours of sleep and after exercise. HGH remains in the circulation for a few minutes. It is difficult to measure the 24-hour secretion of the substance directly but it can be measured indirectly by measuring the plasma concentration of Insulin-like grow factor I (also known as Somatomedin-C), which is produced and released by the liver, and perhaps other tissues in response to Growth Hormone.
While there is considerable variation in GH production among individuals of the same age, there is a progressive decline in average growth-hormone production and IGF-I levels with age. Average levels decline by 30% to 60% by age 40 to 60 and by 50% to 80% after age 60.
Monitoring HGH with a serum assay of Somatomedin-C (IGF-I) provides adequate evaluation progress in Anti-Aging treatment. While a low IFG-I is a strong indicator of abnormally low GH production, an IGF-I level in the normal range does not necessarily rule out deficiency.
A large number of studies have demonstrated that Growth Hormone Replacement improves energy, strength, cardiac functioning, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, insulin sensitivity, cognitive functions, immunity, psychological well-being, increases lean muscle, prevents and reverses heart diseases, prevents and improves osteoporosis and improves quality of life.
When reviewed, the use of GH in adults with Growth Hormone deficiency for 10 years was found it to be of significant benefit.
Benefits of HGH Treatment
The benefits of HGH Treatment are many. Common benefits include:
In addition to the above, I have had excellent results working with patients with Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Protocol for HGH Treatment
PERIOD: The treatment is for six months.
MEDICATIONS: Recombinant Human Growth Hormone; Female or male bio-identical hormone replacement, Concentrated amino acids and anti-oxidants.
PARAMETERS: Medical history and complete physical examination.
LAB-WORK: Complete lab-work, including hormone-profile; cancer markers; chest radiography, and electrocardiography.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TREATMENT: The therapy is individualized for each patient and purpose. Payment is for six months and includes medications, lab-work, special tests, and all doctor’s visits.
SIDE EFFECTS: Pharmacological doses of HGH are often associated with the clinical signs of HGH excess. In the treatment of Adult GH deficiency; including carpal tunnel syndrome, minor joint aches and pain, and fluid retention, but using smaller physiological doses, such symptoms are not noted. In the cases of side effects, adjusting of HGH dosage resulted in the elimination of side effects. The dosage is adjusted to the individual’s need.
What is Human Growth Hormone?
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a polypeptide hormone that stimulates growth and cell reproduction and regeneration in humans and other animals. Growth Hormone (GH) is synthesized, stored, and secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. At this time, HGH is considered a very complex hormone, and many of its functions are still unknown.
A decrease in the level of Growth Hormone in adults may result in heart problems, elevated lipids in the blood (cholesterol, tryglicerides), decreased exercise capacity, decreased energy, increased abdominal obesity, decreased bone density, decreased muscle strength and size, decreased lean body mass, increased fat mass, sleep disorders, decreased social contact, symptoms of low blood sugar, weakness or tiredness, headaches, and poor concentration or memory.
The goals of Growth Hormone Therapy in adults are to restore normal body composition and improve the clinical manifestations described above.
With these experiences, some researchers compare Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency manifestations with the aging-process and discovered that the effects of Growth Hormone Therapy are like “Anti-Aging” treatments.
Somatotropin is another name for Growth Hormone and refers to the growth hormone produced. The term “Somatotropin” refers to GH produced by recombinant DNA technology (rhGH). With the development of rhGH, an unlimited commercial source became available allowing for an ever-growing list of FDA-approved indications for GH use.
Some uses include:
- Skin rejuvenation
- Stronger bones, reversal of osteoporosis
- An average gain of 8.8 percent in muscle mass after six months, without exercise
- An average loss of 14.4 percent of body fat after six months, without dieting
- A stronger immune system
- Tissue regeneration / healing of wounds and in recovery from surgery (Speeds post-surgical healing)
- A higher energy level (Improved exercise capacity)
- Enhanced sexual performance, including growth of penis size in some users
- Regrowth of vital organs (Hearth, liver, spleen, kidneys, and other organs that shrink with age)
- Increased cardiac function
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Fewer wrinkles
- Elimination of cellulite
- Sharper vision
- Improved mood
- Better retentive memory
- Improved fluid balance
- Restores sleep disturbance
- Sense of well-being
Growth Hormone is used clinically to treat children´s growth disorders and adult growth hormone deficiency.
Growth Hormone is used in children with short stature and in patients with diagnoses of Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD). This is a condition in adults caused by low or lack of secretion of Somatotropin by the anterior pituitary gland.
Recombinant human growth hormone has been administrated for AGHD, and in Anti-Aging Treatment.
- Children with chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) (1993)
- Turner Syndrome (TS) (1996-1997)
- Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) (2000)
- A history of patients small for their gestational age (SGA) (2001)
- Idiopathic Short Stature (ISS) (2003)
- Short Stature Homeobox (SHOX) gene deficiency (2006)
- Noonan Syndrome (NS) (2007)
- Adults with severe GHD (1996)
- Adults with HIV wasting (1996)
- Short Bowel Syndrome (2003)