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HGH Deficiency Syndrome of Adulthood Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Declining levels of HGH are associated with increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, decreased lean body mass and therefore loss of strength, increased body fat with distribution around the waist area, decreased cardiac output (the amount of blood the heart can pump out per minute), decreased pulmonary capacity (the volume of air you can blow out of your lungs in one breath), decreased bone density, decreased kidney function, increased total cholesterol with decreased HDL, increased triglycerides, loss of interest in sex, impotency, frigidity, depression, loss of concentration, arthritis, increased insulin resistance, adult onset diabetes, decreased heart pumping strength, thinning of the skin with wrinkling, thinning and loss of hair, and fatigue with the need for more sleep. HGH has proven to be an excellent therapy for all of these conditions. Most remarkable are preliminary reports that HGH can actually reverse some of the changes in Alzheimer's disease by revitalizing cells which are no longer functioning.

Supplementation with HGH reverses every change of aging you can think of. It reduces visceral fat (fat in the abdomen), increases cardiac pumping ability, increases muscular strength, increases pulmonary vital capacity, lowers elevated blood pressure, stops arthritis by allowing the regrowth of degenerated synovial membranes, increases interest and ability in sex, increases mental alertness, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, raises HDL, remineralizes bone, thickens skin, increases kidney function, helps diabetic patients back to a normal life, lifts depression, and lessens the need for sleep by several hours per night. These many actions reflect the fact that every cell in the body is equipped with HGH receptors.

When a doctor familiar with HGH deficiency syndrome does a physical exam, (s)he can see plain evidence of the lack of HGH. The signs which give away this syndrome are some combination of the following: loss of abdominal muscle tone with distension and sometimes "hanging over" of the tummy, sagging breasts in both sexes, hair loss, wrinkles—especially with loose skin over the eyes (sagging upper eyelids) and loose skin hanging in a fold in the anterior neck under the chin, varicose veins, and soft muscles; on exam the skin is easily pulled into folds. Try this test: pull a fold of skin from the back of the hand between the thumb and index finger. It should pop back within one second after release. If it does not, you are deficient in HGH.

The Biochemistry of HGH

The biochemistry of HGH is complex. It seems that we all have plenty of HGH, but as we age it is prevented from being released from the pituitary by deficiency of HGH releasing hormone (HGHRH) which is made in the hypothalamus of the brain and by a substance called HGHP, a peptide of seven small amino acids. One day it may be possible to supplement with one or both of these two substances and cause the release of your own HGH; however as yet these are not commercially available.

For people who want to get the full benefit of HGH, it is necessary to raise plasma levels to those enjoyed by the average person in his or her 20s. We need 30-50% of the amount children have and very few adults produce and release this much on his/her own.

Some of the effect of HGH are immediate: increased energy, ability to concentrate, interest and ability in sex; others take a few months to a year to show up: increased aerobic capacity and strength, thickening of hair, tightening of wrinkles and loose skin, decrease in visceral fat; and one takes two years: strengthening of osteoporotic bones.

I prefer to treat illnesses at the most fundamental level and for many of the ailments of "old age" the most fundamental cause is HGH deficiency. The only treatment which fully reverses HGH deficiency is HGH replacement therapy.

Here is the text of an email which a person sent me recently after reading this article:

"It was with great interest that I read your site pertaining to the above subject matter. No one know what it is like to be HGH deficient. It robs you of life itself. Thank God they where finally able to diagnosis me last year as being HGH deficient. This was done through the Director of Endocrinology at New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Arginine testing came up with a constant 50 reading for IGF-1. I have been on Humatrope nightly injections for one year as of the 15th of this month. Even after one year and constant increasing of IU'S the level is still only 135 but the results have been nothing short of miraculous. Everything I have seen written on your web site is true. I truly believe that this problem exists on a far more reaching level then the medical community believes." Thomas J. Malley

For a more general discussion of aging, see Aging in America and Hormones and Aging. For the impact of aging in our society: Hormone Replacement Therapy. For a general introduction to HGH, follow this hyperlink: Human Growth Hormone (HGH). The Rudman Study of Human Growth Hormone was the landmark study, published in 1990, and more than any other study propelled HGH to the forefront of anti-aging medicine.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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