Human growth hormone: myth and reality
Many people associate hgh solely with sports. In fact, this is true, but very few of us know that growth hormone is also used to prolong life and heal chronic diseases.
Human growth hormone (somatotropic hormone, somatotropin) is one of the polypeptide hormones of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. Hgh therapy leads to linear growth in children and adolescents (due to the growth of the tubular bones of the extremities). As for adults, the basic functions of somatotropin are lost, that is, this substance does not cause additional bone growth in adults (except in some cases). Nevertheless, its anabolic properties play an important role in the regulation of protein metabolism.
Somatotropin has a modulating effect on certain functions of the central nervous system (CNS). That is, this is not only a hormone, but also a neuropeptide involved in the regulation of CNS activity. It is proved that somatotropin is produced in the brain. Hgh receptors are found in various parts of the brain and in the spinal cord. It is also evident that this hormone is involved in the processes of learning, as well as in the regulation of homeostasis. As of today, synthetic analogues of hgh are used, which are absolutely safe.
What happens when the secretion of growth hormone is low?
Low level of somatotropin is the most important factor of pathologic aging, which causes fading effects in various body tissues. On average, a decrease in somatotropin is observed every 10 years (about 15%). 85% of people aged 65 have signs of pituitary insufficiency, which is accompanied by a decrease in hgh levels: low muscle mass, osteoporosis, mental disorders (depression tendencies, memory loss, somatopause). Reduction in somatotropin levels dramatically reduces our resistance to stress, as well as aggravates depression.
As for growth hormone deficiency in adults, they suffer from loss of muscle tissue and growth of fatty tissue (especially in the abdominal region). There are also metabolic disorders: problems with glucose tolerance and insulin production, high blood levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins (LDL).
Usually, low secretion of growth hormone in the adult body leads to a number of disorders (fatigue, weakness, weight gain). At present, hgh is used in medicine for the treatment of various diseases. Let’s talk about some of them.
Human growth hormone for the treatment of unintentional weight loss
Human growth hormone helps prevent weight loss associated with malnutrition (in old people). Old people often suffer from loss of appetite (the so-called anorexia of aging). Recent studies have shown that age-related HG deficiency is partly responsible for lack of appetite and weakness in the elderly. Thus, additional hgh injections can help improve metabolism and appetite in elderly patients.
A new medical indication for hgh injection is likely to be HIV and AIDS. Many medical centers in the USA are currently using Somastim by Serono – one of the variants of recombinant growth hormone made from mammalian cells. This drug is used to block the specific form of malnutrition observed in the late stages of AIDS, as well as in final stages of cancer (unintentional weight loss associated with atrophy of muscles, bones and organs).
Many specialists believe that loss of lean body mass leads to immune dysfunction, making it harder for patients to withstand life-threatening infections. Thus, hgh therapy will lead to an improvement in endurance and quality of life.
Somastim medical information
As far as is known, Somastim contains human growth hormone. It is used to stabilize weight in patients with AIDS. At the moment, there is no other therapy in the late stages of the disease with a similar effect on body weight. The advantage of Somastim is that this drug leads to an increase in the fat-free mass. Of course, Somastim does not cure AIDS, but there are some indications that it can prolong life by increasing lean body mass. In addition, Somastim therapy did not lead to HIV disease progression. At the same time, the drug stimulated the production of new blood cells and reduced the incidence of AIDS-associated infections (such as pneumocystis pneumonia and Kaposi sarcoma).
As you know, human growth hormone is able to rejuvenate our immune system. Therefore, Somastim therapy helps HIV-infected patients fight against infectious diseases.
So, let’s list all the benefits of Somastim therapy:
- Somastim helps improve myocardial activity;
- It has a positive effect on fat metabolism;
- Somastim protects your body from osteoporosis;
- The drug helps increase muscle tissue growth;
- Somastim therapy improves blood lipid profiles, as well as reduces the risk of myocardial infarction in the elderly.
Somastim for other indications
Cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks lead to loss of millions lives annually. Thanks to various studies, there is growing evidence that hormone growth therapy can prevent these deadly diseases. Those patients who suffer from hgh deficiency and those who suffer from overproduction of growth hormone are more likely to die from heart disease. But when the body has sufficient amount of growth hormone at its disposal, its positive effect on heart function is truly magical.
Patients suffering from hgh deficiency have a very high level of bad cholesterol and a very low level of good cholesterol. They also suffer from high levels of triglycerides, which are associated with heart disease and diabetes. In addition to cholesterol and fat tissue, these patients also suffer from increased fibrinogen levels, which is an important risk factor for both infarction and stroke. There is also a tendency for high blood pressure and high insulin sensitivity.
What happens when these patients use Somastim? First, it helps reduce fat and increase lean body mass. Hgh therapy burns deep layers of fat in the abdominal area. Secondly, it helps change cholesterol levels. There are some indications that Somastim can even improve diabetes. Growth hormone used in small doses will help lower blood sugar. That is, recombinant form of hgh is extremely beneficial for diabetics.
Somastim therapy is able to prevent coronary artery atherosclerosis. Hgh increases the number of certain receptors in liver cells that remove cholesterol. Somastim also improves the functions of the heart and lungs. Numerous studies show that growth hormone multiplies the number of cardiac cells and improves cardiac function in individuals suffering from pituitary insufficiency. Hgh also improves certain parameters of the breathing system. Thus, treatment with Somastim can have a long-term beneficial effect on lung function.
How to use Somastim?
The optimal dosage of the drug is 0.1-0.2 mg per 1 kg of body weight up to 4 times a day (in the morning, before meals, before going to bed). Somastim is administered subcutaneously.
Here is the list of unwanted side effects that can be caused by Somastim therapy: headache, upper respiratory tract infections, flu, abdominal pain, arthralgia, gynecomastia, excessive sweating. Some of these side effects occur extremely rarely, although they may have incredibly serious consequences. Contact your doctor immediately in case of serious side effects.
You should definitely consult with your doctor before using Somastim. It is not recommended to use it in pregnant women and young people under 18 years of age.
Various healing properties of Somastim are now subject to intense scrutiny. The most effective doses and the optimal duration of therapy are still being studied. However, most researchers in this area believe that Somastim has a huge potential in restoring health after trauma, illness or surgery.