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The Role of Growth Hormone

by Ralph J. Luciani D.O., M.S., PhD., M.D.(H)
Reprinted from Natural Living Magazine

So many of my patients have told me that other physicians attribute many of their symptoms to aging. When they complain of fatigue, loss of energy and strength, loss of sex drive and decreased muscle mass and weight gain, they are often told "what do you expect for your age." Not only is this a false doom and gloom acceptance attitude, it is downright unscientific. More is known today about what causes the actual physical aging process than ever before. And never was it more promising that aging can be slowed significantly than today.

I never accepted the premise that symptoms associated with aging are inevitable or irreversible because it just isn't so. The physical effects of aging are attributable to not only external environmental factors such as toxic exposures, sunlight, climate, etc., which cause the formation of destructive free radicals, but to a number of internal hormonal deficiencies which begin as early as in or 20's and 30's. The replacement of these hormones such as thyroid, DHEA, the sex hormones and Human Growth Hormone (HGH), along with improved medical technology and the use of nutritional interventions, may actually increase our life expectancies to well over the 100 mark some day.

How Hormone Intervention Reverses Aging

Drugs for anti-aging are not exactly new. Famous clinics in Romania and Switzerland have attracted tens of thousands of the rich and famous, such as Konrad Adenauer, Gloria Swanson and Groucho Marx. While these treatments may have merit, none have passes the standards of drug testing. However on July 5, 1990, the ball game changed.

An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed findings on the effect of anti-aging and HGH. The results were startling to say the least. Working with volunteers aged 61 to 81 at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Dr. Daniel Rudman used HGH manufactured synthetically to replicate what is created naturally in the body's own pituitary gland. The initial observed results: six months of injections reversed the aging process from 10 to 20 years in the patients who received HGH.

HGH studies have proven some startling results such as increased muscle mass, higher energy levels, enhanced sexual performance, greater cardiac output, superior immune function, better kidney function, lowered blood pressure, improved cholesterol profile and younger thicker skin.

Heretofore, HGH was indicated only for dwarfism in children, but recently the FDA approved HGH therapy for adults who are deficient, which includes almost everyone over the age of 40. Blood tests can clearly validate HGH deficiency. HGH is produced in the Pituitary Gland and, although its levels drop with age, it can be produced in large quantities if stimulated appropriately.

Researchers worldwide have taken to the task of investigating the effects of HGH. Saloman in London in 1989 proved an increase in lean body mass of over 10% with a 7% reduction of body fat over 6 months, with increased strength and exercise performance. Fazio in Italy proved that HGH improved cardiac output in patients with heart failure. Chein's work showed as increase in bone density of 5% per year for patients with osteoporosis on HGH. In digestive disorders which involve "leaky Gut Syndrome" causing allergic and chronic symptoms, Wilmore's research at Harvard demonstrated the effectiveness of HGH in regenerating intestinal lining. These findings hold hope for those with colitis, Chrohn's disease or other illnesses which cause nutrient malabsorption. Diabetics have demonstrated remarkable improvement on HGH since it stabilizes glucose levels and improves insulin resistance.

Oral Pro-Hgh Versus Injectible Hgh

The drawbacks of HGH are that the recombinant form must be injected, and to be most effective, it should be given in lower doses at least twice daily to mimic the body's own method of HGH production. It is also extremely expensive in the injectible form, and is not a natural form of the hormone. As a result of years of research, an oral Pro HGH or HGH stimulator or secretagogue has been produced. The advantages are many. It is a combination of natural substances, petptides and polysacchrides, which causes the pituitary gland to secrete its own HGH. It is taken orally, has a natural fat-burning effect by affecting insulin levels, and is reasonably affordable.

Medical Monitoring Of Anti-Aging Therapies

Both Pro HGH or HGH and DHEA should be medically monitored. Too much of a good thing is not necessarily good. Too much DHEA for example can begin producing excess hormones and suppress adrenal function. Pro HGH is not indicated for people with extremely high blood levels of Insulin-like growth factor. Physicians familiar with anti-aging therapies can assist patients in safely administering these anti-aging therapies to restore youth and vigor.