Human Growth Hormone, or HGH, is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain, and is one of the most-talked about and sought after hormones for people interested in healthy aging. Optimal HGH levels are associated with decreased body fat, increased lean muscle mass, increased collagen production and skin thickness, improved wound-healing, improved energy, improved sleep, and more. It’s a key hormone for youthfulness.
In my opinion, when used correctly, HGH is one of the safest medications on the market. But it’s not available to most people because of its high cost. A host of complicated patent laws surrounding HGH put it out of reach for most people.
But don’t worry, there’s good news!
For someone who can’t afford HGH, there are other options, many of which are just as effective. Rather than administering HGH directly to a patient, an Age Management doctor can prescribe alternatives that stimulate the pituitary gland to produce and release HGH.
The alternatives I use at The Body Well include Sermorelin (also known as Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone or GHRH) and two Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides (GHRP), GHRP-2 and GHRP-6. I’ll generally use a tri-blend, or a combination of the three. That’s because all three work to increase HGH secretion by the pituitary gland, but in different ways, using different receptors. These alternatives are available at about half the cost of HGH.
And I don’t just use them with patients who can’t afford HGH. In cases when a patient has developed a tolerance to prescribed HGH, an alternative is necessary. When taken over long periods of time, the receptors that respond to and distribute HGH throughout the body can become too accustomed to the dose. Sermorelin, GHRP-2, GHRP-6, and the tri-blend of all three can be an answer for a person whose HGH receptors have been blunted.
These alternatives aren’t for everybody.
As we age the pituitary gland stops producing optimal amounts of HGH. No matter how much the gland is stimulated, it just won’t secrete enough. In these cases, direct injections of HGH are called for.
And not all peptides are for all people. GHRP-6, for example, can have the side effect of increasing appetite. If a patient has a goal of losing weight, I avoid giving them GHRP-6. On the other hand, if someone wants to gain lean muscle mass, then GHRP-6 is great. It’s also important to note that HGH, like most hormones, works in conjunction with other key hormones to get the best results. It’s not a singular solution for most people, but should be used only after a complete hormonal evaluation has been done.
That bottom line is, there’s a solution for anyone dedicated enough to optimizing their HGH levels and enjoying its benefits. Don’t let cost keep you away. Take the first step and see an Age Management practitioner for an evaluation.
For more information or to schedule an evaluation, call (323) 874-9355 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.