Human Growth Hormone HGH
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has had a strong impact in the medical community ever since the landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1990 by Daniel Rudman, M.D. Human Growth Hormone, also known as somatotropin, is the most abundant hormone produced by the pituitary gland. Cells in the pituitary, known as somatotropes, produce HGH and release it into the bloodstream where it is absorbed by the liver and converted into various other growth factors.
It appears that nearly every organ in the body is dependent on HGH for proper growth and development. HGH regulates the body’s metabolism of proteins, electrolytes, and carbohydrates, and controls how the body uses fat. However, after the age of thirty, HGH declines at the rate of fourteen percent per decade. Low HGH levels are associated with bone thinning, loss of muscle mass and strength, loss of exercise capacity, increase in intra-abdominal fat, elevated blood sugars and cholesterol, increased fragility of skin, and decreased quality of life.
Typically as we age, lean muscle mass may decrease by as much as 30 percent, while fat may increase as much as 50 percent. The liver, kidneys, spleen, and brain, as well as, bone mass, all start to shrink. On a chemical level, the body becomes more susceptible to disease, the immune system declines, and the ability to metabolize sugar drops. Along with these factors, bad cholesterol levels soar, good cholesterol levels sink, and elimination of toxins becomes less efficient. HGH supplementation has not only the ability to halt these processes but to reverse them as well.
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