The symptoms of low T are very similar to growth hormone deficiency. Testosterone works hand in hand with growth hormone to build muscle, increase energy and stamina, and maintain a normal, healthy sex drive.
By age 40, most men are experiencing a substantial decrease in both growth hormone and testosterone. To be truly effective, growth hormone replacement should be in balance with other hormones, especially testosterone. Many clinics fail to treat low testosterone in addition to low growth hormone.
Further, an imbalance or deficiency in one hormone has a domino effect, causing imbalances in other hormones such as cortisol and thyroid, creating the cumulative effect seen in aging.
By the time men enter their 50s and the beginnings of andropause, or male menopause, most men are suffering from a combination of hormone and nutrient deficiencies, ranging from low testosterone and growth hormone to minerals such as zinc. Many are suffering from adrenal fatigue, due to chronically high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Thyroid functioning may also be impaired, leading to lethargy and metabolic weight gain.
Deficiencies in the 3 primary hormonal axises (growth hormone, testosterone, and cortisol) are all associated with aging, decreased functioning, and loss of wellbeing. In order to restore optimal functioning, all of these hormones should be considered in hormone replacement therapy.
The sequencing of hormone replacement therapy is important. Adrenal fatigue, for example, is magnified by high levels of growth hormone. For this reason, adrenal fatigue is often treated before HGH therapy is begun. Thyroid hormone functioning is generally restored at the same time as growth hormone, because growth hormone and thyroid hormone work together to enhance metabolic functioning.
The symptoms of andropause (male menopause) include low energy, loss of libido (sex drive), erectile dysfunction, depression and irritability, muscle loss and loss of strength, decreased endurance, weight gain (particularly around the abdomen), difficulty sleeping and insomnia.
Andropause and Low Growth Hormone
In a study of 333 patients with low growth hormone, these patients were twice as likely to die from heart disease as patients in the control group.
-Dr. Bengt-Ake Bengtsson, 1996 Anti-Aging Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada
Human growth hormone (HGH) is produced by the pituitary gland and declines with age. HGH is considered a “master hormone” because its presence regulates the secretion of other hormones, affecting all the cells in the body. Sleep, exercise, and certain other hormones and amino acids will increase the secretion of HGH. Stress will also cause a temporary spike in growth hormone production. Symptoms of low HGH include fatigue, low libido, weight gain )especially around the abdomen), joint and muscle pain, decreased mental acuity and memory, decreased strength and endurance, loss of muscle mass and bone density, skin aging (dryness and thinning, and increased risk of heart disease and strokes. HGH therapy is designed to boost IGF-1, which is responsible for many of the growth (anabolic) effects associated with growth hormone. HGH therapy will try to push IGF-1 levels to the upper ranges of normal. Treatment requires the injection of growth hormone anywhere between 3 and 6 days a week. Using recombinant DNA technology, two forms of synthetic HGH have been created: somatropin and somatrem. Somatropin is identical to the endogenous pituitary-derived hGH, whereas somatrem has an extra amino acid. Both synthetic forms have similar biological actions and potencies as naturally-produced HGH. Synthetic HGH is chemically indistinguishable from the naturally occurring hormone in blood and urine tests. Prescription HGH is administered by injection. Adult dosages are from 0.9-25 microgram/kilogram/day, dependent on the level of deficiency and the product. The FDA-approved injectable formulations are available as liquid preparations and as powder with a diluent for reconstitution, but both are fragile and require care with storage and use. Frequent and longterm injection cycles are required, because the circulating half-life of HGH is short (20-30 minutes) while its influence upon other hormones and cells in the body (biological half-life) is between 9 and 17 hours.
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