Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone)

Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone): Overview

Growth Hormone levels have been found to decline with age in every species so far tested and this decline is a major factor in the aging process.  In numerical terms, humans produce on a daily basis some 500mcg of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) at 20 years of age, 200mcg at 40 years, and 25mcg at 80. HGH deficiency in adults is now recognized as a specific clinical syndrome with characteristic signs and symptoms.

Treatment and Prevention

Replacement of the hormones which decline with age, such as growth hormone, estrogen and testosterone, is an important part of any antiaging program.

HGH replacement improves body composition and quality of life as soon as 1 month after commencement.  Most importantly these changes occur without side-effects.  Increased levels of HGH have a positive effect by increasing muscle mass, stimulating fat loss, improving skin texture, improving exercise tolerance, increasing bone density, improving sleep quality and helping mental processes.

There are several possibilities for treating low HGH levels:

  • HGH injections (expensive, used when other means are insufficient)
  • HGH transdermal products (Trans-D-Tropin)
  • Oral products with secretagogues (all-natural HGH releasers, also known as agonists) and precursors taken daily
  • Homeopathic preparations (the least expensive)

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone):

Symptoms - Aging

Symptoms - Metabolic

Symptoms - Muscular

Symptoms - Sleep

Counter-indicators

Conditions that suggest Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone):

Aging

Circulation

Poor/Slow Wound Healing often suggests Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Poor/Slow Wound Healing

Human growth hormone (HGH) levels decline with age.  HGH stimulates the production of collagen, which sticks wounds together, strengthens weakened tissue, gives skin more elasticity and helps wounds of the skin or bone heal faster and stronger.

Immunity

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome often suggests Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

It has been known for 25 years that FM patients have an abnormal sleep pattern involving stages 3 and 4 of non-REM sleep.  As GH is secreted predominantly during stages 3 and 4 of non-REM sleep, it was originally hypothesized that FM patients may have impaired GH secretion.  IGF-1 levels are abnormally low in some fibromyalgia patients.

In an analysis of IGF-1 levels in 500 female FM patients and 152 age matched non-FM subjects the mean IGF-1 level in the FM patients was 137 +/- 58ng/ml versus 216 +/- 86ng/ml in controls.  Eighty-five percent of the FM patients had IGF-1 levels below the 50th percentile of the control population and 56% fell below the 20th percentile.

Mental

Metabolic

Problems Caused By Being Overweight strongly suggests Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Problems Caused By Being Overweight

Dr. Brett Jancques, ND reports that all of the obese individuals tested thus far by AAL Reference Laboratories were found to have low growth hormone levels.  Testing was accomplished through 24-hour urinary growth hormone measurements.  [Townsend Letter, Feb/March 2002, Vol 223/224; pp.74-78]

Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) can lead to:

Immunity

Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) sometimes leads to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

It has been known for 25 years that FM patients have an abnormal sleep pattern involving stages 3 and 4 of non-REM sleep.  As GH is secreted predominantly during stages 3 and 4 of non-REM sleep, it was originally hypothesized that FM patients may have impaired GH secretion.  IGF-1 levels are abnormally low in some fibromyalgia patients.

In an analysis of IGF-1 levels in 500 female FM patients and 152 age matched non-FM subjects the mean IGF-1 level in the FM patients was 137 +/- 58ng/ml versus 216 +/- 86ng/ml in controls.  Eighty-five percent of the FM patients had IGF-1 levels below the 50th percentile of the control population and 56% fell below the 20th percentile.

Mental

Recommendations for Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone):

Amino Acid / Protein

Glutamine often helps with Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Glutamine

It has been shown that growth hormone (GH) is adequately produced by the aging pituitary, but its secretion from the pituitary is down-regulated with age.  Scientists have found that certain amino acids and vitamins can stimulate the natural release of GH from the pituitary in many people.

Some amino acids have been shown to stimulate GH release, and may be found in preparations designed to increase GH release.  Most of these preparations come with the recommendation that they be used just prior to muscle building exercise for maximal effect.  These amino acids include L-arginine, L-lysine, L-glutamine, L-ornithine and glycine.

Drug

GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate) is highly recommended for Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate)

GHB stimulates pituitary growth hormone (GH) release.  One methodologically rigorous Japanese study reported nine-fold and sixteen-fold increases in growth hormone 30 and 60 minutes respectively after intravenous administration of 2.5gm of GHB in 6 healthy men between the ages 25-40 [Takahara, 1977].  GH levels were still seven-fold higher after 120 minutes.

The mechanism by which GHB stimulates growth-hormone release is not known.  Dopamine activity in the hypothalamus is known to stimulate pituitary release of growth hormone, but GHB inhibits dopamine release at the same time that it stimulates GH release.  This suggests that GHB's GH-releasing effect takes place through an entirely different mechanism.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic Growth Hormones is highly recommended for Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Homeopathic Growth Hormones

One placebo-controlled and blinded study found that two homeopathic products (the only ones tested) demonstrated a clear improvement in symptoms and increased IGF-1 levels.  Since some people respond to one product but not another, it is worth trying one for a month to see if any improvements result.  If not, switch products until finding one that works for you.

Lab Tests/Rule-Outs

Vitamins

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) often helps with Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

There is some evidence that the use of niacin improves growth hormone release from the pituitary gland.

KEY

Weak or unproven link: may be a sign or symptom of; sometimes leads to
Weak or unproven link:
may be a sign or symptom of; sometimes leads to
Strong or generally accepted link: is often a sign or symptom of; often suggests
Strong or generally accepted link:
is often a sign or symptom of; often suggests
Definite or direct link: strongly suggests
Definite or direct link:
strongly suggests
Weakly counter-indicative: may contraindicate
Weakly counter-indicative:
may contraindicate
Moderately useful: often helps with
Moderately useful:
often helps with
Very useful: is highly recommended for
Very useful:
is highly recommended for