There has been a growing claim of how HGH aids in retaining youthfulness and to an extent credited to have the ability to reverse old age. Athletes have had sights on the use of controlled HGH therapy. Hundreds and thousands of medical practitioners have sprung up offering HGH to athletes, want-to-be athletes, people seeking weight loss alternatives, elderly people looking for the fountain of youth, and bodybuilders in equal measure.
It is very common for relatively young HGH users to indulge in the practice without looking at the long-term effects HGH may have on the body. In the same spirit, most doctors fail to inform users of the potential dangers they might have to deal with in the future. A rule of thumb in the healthcare industry is making sure that a patient is well aware of all effects associated with a certain type of treatment. The main question often remains whether the clinics chose not to disclose possible side effects or intentionally chose to omit the severe ones.
Effects of HGH in Old Age
In light of the subject’s age when they first get exposed to the growth hormone and the purpose of using the user must consider what may befall them in their later years. An MBA research fellow at Stanford conducted a review on elderly patients who have used HGH. The trial analysis showed that HGH may be associated with potential adverse events and minimal benefits. Some effects of HGH in old age include:
Diabetes and pre-diabetes development
Patients who used HGH were reported to have gained lean muscles and lost the same amount of gut after exercise and weight lifting. Subjects in their 60s to 80 years of age were reported sedentary without exercise and dietary changes. Gains in the early years were remarkable but attached to severe effects.
There were reported cases of pre-diabetic and diabetic symptoms in more than half the patients between 60-80 years. They also reported swollen tissue and aching joints.
In animals, not only did the subjects develop diabetes, HGH was associated with decreasing their lifespan, increasing aging, and put them at the potential of developing cancers.
Some experts have expressed their concerns in the relationship between HGH consumed while exercising in young age and its close association to arthritis in old age. The HGH that once stimulated growth hormone and gave the joints an increased resilience while exercising may have led to overworked bones and joints. In old age the same joints now experience the effects of aggressive motion hence rapid wear and tear.
Increased body fat
As the body ages, the natural production of the growth hormone starts to decline in the twenties. In men, the testosterone levels fall and so does estrogen in women especially after they undergo menopause. The body usually responds to HGH by developing lean muscle and strengthening bones. When natural production lowers, the body tends to have increased fat in the body especially around the belly and weaker bones.
A once geared up body is now operating below the usual growth hormones produced by the pituitary gland leave alone the extra HGH used for exercise purposes. The body experiences a general loss of energy, low metabolism, and enthusiasm which are all linked to growth hormone deficiency.
In a study trying to establish if sex hormones were the cause of gained fat, researchers tried to recreate HGH levels of a 30-year-old in 74 men and 54 women aged between 65 and 88 years old. Results showed that both men and women; gained a few pounds of muscle and lost the same in fats. This was to demonstrate that sex hormones drop alone did not play any role in increased fat gain.
Many studies have proven that this is an area of interest that needs further research. Although there have been published studies in the American Medical Association Journal, and author Dr. Marc Blackman add that nothing is ready for prime time yet.
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