For the tech-savvy generation upgrading their hi-fi devices every 2-3 months has turned into an obsession. But does this obsession to their physical appearance as well? The answer is yes – the generation also desires to constantly upgrade themselves to look ever-green and young. The demand has led to the development of many artificial ways that claim to defy ageing. The advent of human growth hormone (HGH) is a part of a gambit by a group of scientists who believe that they can cater to this demand for ‘eternal beauty’. But the desire to defy and deny the effects of aging has led them to try some very expensive and cutting-edge measures. Over the past decade, a growing number of people around the world have used human growth hormone. But can these shots preserve you from ageing?
What is human growth hormone (HGH)?
Growth hormone (GH) is a protein-based peptide hormone. Also known as human growth Hormone (HGH), it is produced in the pituitary gland of the brain. Once released, it induces the liver to produce insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and this hormone then triggers the growth of bones and body tissues. It stimulates growth, cell reproduction and regeneration in humans and other animals. A number of factors are known to affect HGH secretion, such as age, gender, diet, exercise, stress, and other hormones. HGH is still considered a very complex hormone, and many of its functions are still unknown.
Growth hormone and IGF-1 levels peak during puberty, then gradually decline after the age of thirty. But even though levels decrease, the normal pituitary never completely stops its production of HGH. And so the question is, would the replacement of these hormones keep us in better shape and health?
What have the various studies got to prove?
Well, the types of studies we should be using to resolve this question are few and have rarely included women. Here are some of the more notable ones:
Overall, it would appear that men have a greater response to HGH than women, and do achieve marginal improvements in muscle mass, strength and endurance. However, these studies show that this is probably no more than what they would have achieved by exercising three times per week for six months.
However, until more scientific information is accumulated on this account, usage of HGH by people who are healthy, but just getting older/heavier is perhaps not recommended. Not only is this expensive but also come with significant side-effects. If you want to spend that kind of money it’s advisable to invest in better researched paths to improved looks and longevity. Most important, regular exercise with proper diet with regular health check-up would be more beneficial and risk-free.
Growth hormone (GH) has been used in medicine to treat children’s growth disorders and adult growth hormone deficiency. In recent years, growth hormone replacement therapies have become popular in the battle against ageing and obesity.
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