If you think growing a potbelly, losing your hair and having brittle bones are just natural progressions of old age, think again. New research indicates that these symptoms are all related to a decline in the Human Growth Hormone-a natural hormone produced by the body, which peaks in adolescence and declines with age.
"The human growth hormone has a very specific connection to symptoms that we typically associate with aging," says Dr. Gary Bernard, BodyLogicMD physician and CEO of Pointe Medical Services.
"When this hormone is low, we see a loss in muscle mass, bone density, skin elasticity and even a decrease in organ functon, which all translate to signs of aging," continued Dr. Bernard.
My partner and I have been on bioidentical hormones as well as human growth hormone and natural thyroid supplements for a few months. The results are astounding. I'm 49, she's 57. Her levels of hormones were much worse than mine since she'd had a hysterectomy early on. Of all her biological family members, she is the only one able to get off her blood pressure medication and has not developed diabetes. Her lean muscle weight is increasing and fat is dropping really fast. We are both rock climbing, weight lifting, hiking, biking and running. After many years of suffering, my joint pain from previous injuries is GONE COMPLETELY. We feel mentally sharper, too. It is true that these supplements have gotten bad press from the media because of the dumb bodybuilders and professional athletes who are taking megadoses of everything, but if you take megadoses of salt or even drink too much water you can kill yourself. I really hope people understand that with careful monitoring and using doses which just bring you up to the normal levels you have of these things anyway (yes, you have some growth hormone in your body right now, naturally), that your quality of life will improve. The only downside I see is that it is not cheap.
People who are against it have never tried it. I suggest doing it with a doctor's supervision. They order lab tests that will show if you are low or not. If you are young you will be at normal levels, but if you are older you are almost certainly low.
Just because some people are out there taking 1000 times the amount they should and having side effects (oh, what a surprise!), does not mean that those of us who are being reasonable and just wanting to suffer less from the miserable effects of aging and various other health conditions should be denied the right to take these things.