As a physician specializing in hormone replacement, I am asked frequently about Human Growth Hormone (HGH). There is a certain fascination with Human Growth Hormone (HGH) with people who live in or around Los Angeles, partially because of its popularity with celebrities, but also because of our city’s obsession with staying young and vibrant. A large number of people from Los Angeles are interested in anti-aging in general, whether it’s Human Growth Hormone or other interventions that help us look and feel younger.
Human Growth Hormone is a vital component of the human endocrine system. It is secreted by the pituitary gland, a small gland located at the base of the brain that produces several hormones. In childhood and adolescence this hormone is necessary to promote growth in height. In adulthood, its presence leads to a healthier body composition and is responsible for such important jobs such as:
- Keeping your body lean
- Decreasing fat accumulation
- Stimulating collagen production and increasing skin thickness
- Strengthening your bones
- Protecting your organs from the decline that occurs with age
- Promoting more rapid hair and nail growth
- Improving circulation
- Giving a more favorable cholesterol profile
- Helping protect you from the consequences of aging
Unfortunately, natural production of HGH declines as you get older. This progressive deficiency, beginning for most in our 20s, leads to a reduction in lean body mass and bone mineral density, an increase in body fat – especially abdominal, and a worsened cardiovascular risk profile.
All in all, you begin to look and feel older as HGH declines.
I treat Adult Human Growth Hormone Deficiency as well as other hormonal deficiencies in my practice in Los Angeles. The easiest and most accurate way to test for HGH deficiency is with a blood test called an IGF-1. IGF-1 is a hormone produced in response to Human Growth Hormone (HGH) secretion by the pituitary gland. It is the best marker of the status of secretion of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), and a low value less than 200 is indicative of growth hormone deficiency. Levels below 200 are generally considered to be in the deficient state.
The quickest and most effective way to increase Human Growth Hormone (HGH) levels is with a daily injection. But there are also other hormones and growth factors (e.g. Sermorelin, GHRH, GHRP-6, GHRP-2, etc) that increase release of HGH by the pituitary gland. Numerous studies have shown that replacement therapy is beneficial, and such treatment has become recognized as standard practice. In adults, HGH replacement therapy will often be maintained for many years.
Exercise, stress, emotional excitement, diet and aging all affect the quantity of HGH production. My system, The Carragher Method at The Body Well, approaches raising Human Growth Hormone (HGH) levels in several ways that work best in combination with each other. Certain lifestyle factors, such as sleep and stress management, our specific nutritional plan and our scientifically-based exercise plan cause the pituitary to secrete more HGH. There are many doctors who will prescribe HGH, but it is important to be under the care of a physician who is trained in hormone replacement in order to be sure you are on the best protocol possible, maximize your own production and utilization, and receive appropriate ongoing monitoring.
If you live in or around Los Angeles and suspect you have an Human Growth Hormone (HGH) deficiency, I suggest you be evaluated by a qualified Age Management Medicine Physician. To schedule an evaluation, call us at (323) 874-9355 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.