Low testosterone and low growth hormone share many of the same symptoms. Further, studies have shown that decreases in testosterone result in decreases in growth hormone, and vice versa.
The pituitary (a gland located at the base of the brain) not only produces growth hormone, it regulates the production of testosterone. Men who are deficient in growth hormone are often deficient in testosterone, and the reverse is also true. Low T is the common name for testosterone deficiency, also called male hypogonadism.
How Low T And Low HGH Are Related
The pituitary secretes growth hormone, but it also regulates the rest of your hormones. The pituitary has been called the “master gland” because it controls the production of 5 hormones that directly affect how you feel:
- The pituitary produces follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which controls sperm production by your testes
- The pituitary produces luteinizing hormone (LH), which controls testosterone production by your testes
- The pituitary produces thyrotropin, which controls the release of thyroid hormones by your thyroid
- The pituitary produces adrenocorticotropic, which controls the release of cortisol and other hormones by your adrenal glands
- The pituitary produces antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which controls the “water balance” in your tissues
If your growth hormone is low, chances are your entire endocrine system is off and you will be plagued by low energy, weight gain, loss of sex drive, and decreased mental acuity related to 5 hormones in addition to growth hormone.
Why Is Testosterone Important?
Only 9% of men over the age of 45 receive the correct diagnosis and treatment for low T symptoms when seen by their primary care physician.
Testosterone is the male sex hormone responsible for the development of male characteristics and virility. It not only triggers puberty, it is responsible for the maintenance of muscle mass, libido (sex drive), competitiveness, and energy levels. When testosterone declines with age or for any other reason, the symptoms of low T are experienced, including:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED) and decreased sexual desire
- Depressed mood and loss of self-confidence
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Decreased muscle mass and osteoporosis
- Loss of facial and body hair
How Is Low T Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of testosterone deficiency (low T) requires a simple blood test. Saliva and urine tests are not reliable indicators of low testosterone.
How Is Low T Treated?
There are a number of prescription treatments for low testosterone, including gels or sprays, such as Axiron, Androgel, and Fortesta. These are be tricky to apply and can be transferred to others with skin contact, causing unwanted effects in children and women.
Prescriptions for testosterone therapy have tripled from 2001 to 2011. Among all men over 40, nearly 3% are on testosterone therapy.
Source: Dr. Jacques Baillargeon, University of Texas Medical Branch
testosterone as rapidly as direct injection into the blood stream. For this
By far, the fastest and most effective way to boost testosterone is with testosterone injections.
How Are Low T And Low HGH Treated Together?
Research into the administration of growth hormone together with testosterone has sown impressive results. There are dramatic improvements in body composition, metabolism, energy levels, mood, kidney and cardiovascular functioning, and mental acuity and mood. Testosterone can be more effective than growth hormone in restoring muscle mass, but growth hormone is a critical player in the metabolism of body fat.
Synergistic effects between testosterone and growth hormone result in an increase in muscle definition and an average decrease in body fat of 21%, versus just 12% for growth hormone alone.
The beneficial effects of growth hormone on cholesterol also offset the tendency of testosterone to increase blood lipids and lower HDL (good cholesterol).
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