Human Growth Hormone

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Human Growth Hormone

Q. Who should have Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
As its name implies, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is to replace deficient levels of hormones within our bodies. Most hormones, such as rHGH (Human Growth Hormone), Testosterone and Estrogen, can only be prescribed by a physician. Therefore, HRT should only be undertaken under the supervision and guidance of a physician. Since we lose our abilities to produce various hormones from about the age of 25 and upward, many adults would qualify as hormone deficient when tested for levels of hormones within their bodies.

Q. What are some of the signs of hormone deficiency?
Among the various signs of hormone deficiency that have been noted by researchers in the field are a loss of reduced lean body mass (muscle), an increase in body fat, decreased bone density, a lowered metabolic rate, an increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol and a decrease in HDL (good) cholesterol, plus decreased strength and exercise performance.

Q. What are some of the symptoms of hormone deficiency?
Hormone deficiency symptoms include a reduced vitality and sex drive, poor general health, memory loss, impaired psychological well-being (anxiety and depression), graying and brittle hair and a loss of skin thickness and tone.

Q. What can HRT accomplish for me?
Researchers have empirical evidence that HRT can increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, increase bone density, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve your sleep patterns, strengthen your immune system, enhance your sexual drive and performance, regenerate your heart, liver and kidneys, improve your skin tone and remove wrinkles.

Q. I'm a woman. Why should I consider testosterone replacement therapy?
Though testosterone is the primary male hormone, it is not unique to males. Testosterone is produced in the testes of males and the ovaries and adrenals of females. In women prior to menopause, the ovaries produce approximately one-tenth the amount of testosterone produced by males of a similar age. Testosterone plays a very important role in maintaining and synthesizing muscle tissue and in losing body fat. The often considerable difference in male and female testosterone levels is the primary reason males and females typically lose weight at different rates, even when on the same weight loss regimen. Females are typically given only estrogens and progestins as hormone replacement therapy. However, administering estrogen and progesterone to a woman without addressing diminished testosterone levels makes it extremely difficult, and at times impossible, for her to lose weight.

Q. Can I take testosterone or HGH if I have diabetes?
Yes

Q. How long can I commit to Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone Replacement Therapy can be a lifetime commitment. Most studies have been done involving a minimum of six months therapy. Many have been and are conducted over longer periods of time. Benefits gained from HRT will gradually diminish if the therapy program is not continued. Many individuals on HRT obtain excellent results with a rotating or cyclical protocol of six months on HRT and four to eight weeks off.

Q. What are the risks or side effects of HRT?
Studies show that HRT used at the proper dosages to return diminished levels of hormones to their optimum youthful levels rarely has any negative side effects. In fact, long-term studies show that HRT over a period of years is virtually free from side effects while providing continuing benefits.

Q. How can I tell if what I receive is authentic natural hormones?
There are many ersatz hormone products on the market. All 100 percent natural hormones will have a control number on their packaging. If it is not there, the product is not what it claims to be.

Q. Why do I need a blood analysis to qualify for Hormone Replacement Therapy?
A. As previously stated, Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to restore your hormone levels to their optimum youthful levels. You need a blood test to determine your existing hormone levels, to see whether or not you qualify for HRT and what your replacement dosages should be. Since most of the hormones used in HRT are dispensed by prescription only, you cannot obtain them without a physician's prescription.

Q. I have seen a lot of different HGH (Human Growth Hormone) products advertised; creams, sprays and injectables. What's the difference?
Many of the Human Growth Hormone spray and cream products you see advertised, particularly those available without prescription, are not 100 percent natural HGH with the full benefits of reconstituted 191 amino acid HGH, which is only available for subcutaneous injection. Whatever benefits, if any, HGH sprays and creams may provide you, they are miniscule in comparison with injectable 100 percent natural HGH.

Q. Why do I have to inject Human Growth Hormone? Why can't I just take a pill?
Since Human Growth Hormone is a protein, if it were taken orally, it would be digested in the stomach in the way that food proteins are digested. Consequently, Human Growth Hormone must be injected to be properly absorbed and used by the body.

Q. When is the best time of day to inject my Human Growth Hormone?
Growth Hormone is normally produced at peak levels when you are asleep. Therefore, it is usually recommended that individuals inject themselves with the hormone in the evening before going to bed to imitate the natural processes of your body. In certain cases, reasons may exist to take the injection at other times of the day. You should check with your doctor to determine the best time for you to take your injections.

Q. What happens if I forget to take a dose?
If for some reason you miss taking a dose of Human Growth Hormone, simply inject your next dose at your regularly scheduled time. Do not double up on your dosage. If you frequently forget to take your scheduled injection, talk to your doctor, as this may affect the efficacy of your treatment.

Q. How long will it take before I respond to my treatment?
A. There is no single answer to your question. Response varies from patient to patient. Some studies suggest that several months of treatment may be necessary (many studies last a minimum of six months) for you to have an recognizable response to your treatment. Check with your doctor about the specifics of your therapy and its anticipated results.

Q. Why have I not been able to participate in Human Growth Hormone therapy in the past?
Until 1996, Human Growth Hormone therapy was available primarily for children with Growth Hormone deficiencies. In 1996, the FDA approved the use of the hormone for treatment of adults who had Growth Hormone deficiencies. Also, in the past, supplies of Human Growth Hormone were limited. With advances in biotechnology and the development of recombinant Human Growth Hormone that exactly duplicates that produced by the body's pituitary gland, it is now possible for everyone who is lacking Human Growth Hormone to receive replacement therapy.

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