As people grow older, around the age of 30, they literally begin to show their age. They have less energy, easily get tired and they begin to look older. How many times has it happened that a 30+ year old individual was mistaken to be in his 50’s? It is harsh but a sad truth. It is becoming increasingly hard to pass yourself off as an 18 year old. There’s something inside you, a hormone that use to help give you that youthful look and vitality. Unfortunately, it is not in endless supply and it begins to decrease as you reach the ripe old age of 30. It’s called Human Growth Hormone or simply HGH.
Simply put, HGH is the hormone produced by the pituitary glands in the brain that controls characteristics in humans that are associated with being young such as energy, resilience, vitality and smooth skin.
Why 30? Well, the production of HGH decreases by as much as 14% every 10 years after this age. This is because of the decline in growth hormone regulating hormones like somatostatin and GHRH or Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones. The lower your HGH levels, the more you begin to see signs of aging. This aging process accelerates as your HGH levels drop. According to research, by naturally increasing HGH levels in the system, the body will be able to reverse signs of aging such as increase in weight, lean muscle loss, wrinkles, decrease in bone density, decreased sexual drive or libido and more. Unofficially, HGH is sometimes called the fountain of youth.
Somatotropin another name for HGH is the hormone most abundantly produced by the pituitary gland. When accelerated growth occurs during adolescence, the secretion of this hormone reaches its peak. Since secretion of this hormone diminishes as you grow older, a 60 year old will have 25% of the HGH levels of a 20 year old.
Primary release of HGH occurs during the first phases of sleep. It is then quickly converted by the liver to a powerful growth promoting metabolite, somatomedin C, an Insulin-like Growth Factor type 1 or IGF-1. This metabolite produces the majority of the effects associated with the growth hormone and can be measured in the blood in order to determine the levels of secretion of HGH.
The insulin-like effect of IGF-1 is attributed to this metabolites ability to promote glucose transfer through cell membranes as a source of fuel for the cells. Most beneficial effects of HGH are directly associated with IGF-1.
The decrease of growth hormones as you grow older is also known as somatopause. This condition is directly linked with common aging symptoms such as wrinkles, gray hair, decreased energy, decrease sexual function and appetite, increased body fat and cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and many more. Young adults who suffer from premature growth hormone deficiency also suffer these symptoms. But there is hope! Clinical evidence show that replacement of growth hormones dramatically reverse these symptoms to bring back hair growth and color, rebuild bone tissue, increase energy, and increase metabolism for reduction of body fat.