The Role of hGH Secretagogues – Growth Hormone

The Role of hGH Secretagogues in Anti-Aging Therapy

Human Growth Hormone is the topic of much debate and research throughout the centuries can be found in the seed of an idea: the reacquisition of youthful qualities. The 21st century is increasing past efforts, spending countless dollars on the development of products to help a youth obsessed society turn back the signs of time.

HGH Research. One of the most promising developments occurred in the 90′s when Dr. Daniel Rudman reported to the New England Journal of Medicine that he had reversed aging through the use of human growth hormone (hGH) injections. The most promising research today now focuses on hGH precursors known as secretagogues.

Secretagogues are substances known for their ability to cause other substances to be secreted. In this case, it is the pituitary gland in need of stimulating with regards to the release of hGH (a hormone known as somatropin). Researchers James Jamieson and L.E. Dorman, D.O. focused their research on secretagogues known for their ability to reverse the condition of somatopause (hGH deficiency) by naturally stimulating the release of growth hormones. They found safe biological activators comprised mainly of specific amino acids, proteins and botanical extracts, which stimulated certain receptors in the pituitary and hypothalamus glands.

HGH Declines. Although the human body does experience decline in its release of hGH at a rate of about 14% per decade, your pituitary gland continues to produce hGH well into your 70′s and 80′s. However, there are a number of factors which begin to interfere with production, and this may be where the most progress could be made.

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Bi-weekly fasting

Many longevity experts recommend fasting on a regular basis. Fasting should not occur more often than once every two weeks, and for no longer than 24 hours. The reason fasting encourages the release of hGH is because the highest levels of growth hormone are released while we sleep, and more so, following a fast of 24 hours.

Consume a diet low on the glycemic index

Another way to boost the release of growth hormone levels is to eat a diet which is low on the glycemic index: avoiding foods like pasta, potatoes and refined sugars. The rapid increase in blood sugar experienced when eating these foods stimulates the production of insulin. This increase of insulin in the blood causes your body to produce a chemical called somatostatin, known to suppress hGH release.

Fast for two hours before exercise

It is also helpful to exercise on an empty stomach, fasting for two hours before working out. Regular exercise which utilizes both cardio fitness and strength training stimulates your pituitary gland to increase levels of growth hormone levels. Insulin levels in the blood will act to suppress exercise induced release of hGH, causing you to not get the full range of benefits available when working out.

Reduce fat intake

Reducing fat intake is also useful in the quest for increased circulation of growth hormones in the body. Dietary fat acts to block both the production and release of hGH. Optimal level of fat intake is between 20 and 30 percent of your daily caloric intake. These fats should come from healthy oils such as olive, grape seed and avocado.

Even with the most brilliant scientists working tirelessly to reduce symptoms of aging, eternal youth is impossible. However, there is reason to be optimistic with regards to an increased duration of years of healthy living, clear mind and deftness of physicality. Fitness goals, excellent dietary habits and even the right supplement formula may very well offer something akin to youth.

The Endocrine System – Hormones

The Endocrine System, HGH, Testosterone and other Hormones

The endocrine system is a complex network comprised of integrated hormone-producing glands and organs. Its function, like that of the nervous system, is communication throughout the body. The endocrine system produces and releases different types of hormones to maintain and control a number of important functions of the body, including growth and development, metabolism, sexual and reproductive function, organ and tissue function.

A hormone imbalance (either too much or too little hormone production) can have drastic effects on body function and a person’s health. The main purpose of the endocrine system is extracellular (outside the cell) communication; while the nervous system communicates using neurons and electricity, the endocrine or hormonal system uses chemicals, called hormones to communicate between cells and regulate body functions. Hormones use a negative feedback system so that when too much of one hormone is produced another hormone is secreted to counter it. In this way a person’s body maintains the delicate balance of proper hormone levels.

Components of the endocrine system include hormone-producing glands, such as the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, testes and ovaries and organs such as the liver, pancreas, and kidneys. Each of the glands and organs in the endocrine system produces different types of hormones that perform different functions. A number of different conditions can affect the way the endocrine system functions. Some of these conditions are natural and our endocrine system functions differently when we age and go through menopause or andropause in men.

There can be a genetic, or hereditary component to the way an individual’s endocrine system works as well. However, a number of external substances can also affect endocrine function. These substances, called environmental endocrine disruptors (EEDs), consist of commercial synthetic chemicals and, although the full effect of their introduction into our environment is unknown, have been linked to birth defects, immune system disorders, neurological changes, and more.

Types of Hormones and What They Do

In order to regulate the myriad functions required for normal bodily function, the glands and organs that comprise the endocrine system create many types of hormones, each with a specific function. Included in the different types of hormones your endocrine system produces are the following:

Vasopressin – Created by the hypothalamus, vasopressin prompts the pituitary gland to release a hormone that helps maintain blood pressure and water and electrolyte balance.

Human Growth Hormone — Growth hormone, HGH or GH is one of the types of hormones produced by the pituitary gland  and one of the most important glands in the endocrine system.  Growth Hormone (GH) stimulates growth during childhood and also stimulates cell reproduction and repair which helps adults maintain energy,  muscle and bone mass.

Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen and Oxytocin – are the sex and reproductive hormones responsible for sexual health as well as gender characteristics, muscle, heart, brain and bone health.

Calcitonin — Calcitonin, produced by the thyroid gland, aids in bone construction.

Insulin – Insulin regulates glucose, or sugar intake, by helping it move from the blood into cells. It is one of the types of hormones produced by the pancreas.

Adrenaline – Produced within the adrenal glands (small glands located at the top of each kidney), adrenaline works with noradrenaline to produce the “fight or flight” response by increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain and muscles, dilating the pupils, and suppressing bodily functions not useful in an emergency situation (such as digestion).

Noradrenaline — Noradrenaline works with adrenaline to help the endocrine system produce the “flight or flight” response; in an emergency situation, it boosts the oxygen supply to the brain and the supply of glucose to the muscles.

The endocrine system is one of the body’s main systems for communicating, controlling and coordinating the body’s work. It works with the nervous system, reproductive system, kidneys, gut, liver, pancreas and fat to help maintain and control the following:

  • Body energy levels
  • Sexual Reproduction
  • Growth and Development
  • Internal Balance of Body Systems, called Homeostasis
  • Immuno Responses to Stress and Injury

The endocrine system accomplishes these tasks via a network of glands and organs that produce, store, and secrete certain types of hormones. Hormones are special chemicals that move into body fluid after they are made by one cell or a group of cells. Different types of hormones cause different effects on other cells or tissues of the body using receptor cells that accept the “signals” of their respective hormone “messengers”.

Endocrine glands and endocrine-related organs are like factories. They produce and store hormones and release them as needed. When the body needs these substances, the bloodstream carries the proper types of hormones to specific targets. These targets may be organs, tissues, or cells. To function normally, the body needs glands that work correctly, a blood supply that works well to move hormones through the body to their target points, receptor places on the target cells for the hormones to do their work, and a system for controlling how hormones are produced and used.

Hormone Imbalance

Each of the many types of hormones fulfills a specific function by signaling a different message to the cells, tissues, or organs involved. A hormone imbalance, a situation in which there is too much or too little of a specific hormone, can result in a number of different endocrine system disorders, some more serious than others.

Diabetes – Diabetes is one of the more serious results of hormone imbalance in that, if it is left undiagnosed and/or untreated, it can result in blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and death. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas either produces too little insulin or does not effectively use the insulin it does produce. Insulin is the hormone that helps the body process sugar in the bloodstream.

Growth Disorders — Your pituitary gland, also referred to as the “Master Gland” of the endocrine system, produces growth hormone (GH) which, in the proper levels, stimulates and regulates growth throughout the body. A growth hormone imbalance can, in the event of too much growth hormone, cause gigantism in children and acromegaly in adults; a hormone imbalance in which the endocrine system produces too little GH can result in growth hormone deficiency (GHD), which can lead to stunted growth in children and symptoms such as decreased muscle and bone mass in adults.

Other Disorders – There are more than 6,000 known endocrine system disorders caused by hormone imbalance; for information about these rare, or “orphan,” diseases, please visit our resources page for rare conditions. A dangerous and potentially fatal hormone imbalance can also be caused by steroid abuse which has become a growing problem among body-builders, athletes and some high school-aged youth. The use of anabolic steroids–which should only be taken under the direction of a health professional–is increasing among both men and women. At that time of development the endocrine system is working to bring about a number of changes, both physical and mental, and young athletes may be tempted to use steroids to increase their athletic ability and body image.

HGH – The Elixir of Youth

HGH – is Human Growth Hormone -
the new elixir of youth?


Growth Hormone is said to boost memory and libido – and reverse aging, but as women AND men inject Human Growth Hormone…

Having recently passed his 40th birthday, Graham Marks was beginning to notice how the years were taking their toll.

Despite being a dedicated gym-goer, he had started to put on weight and found his energy levels flagging. But the final straw came when he tore a ligament in his leg. Doctors told him it would take him three months of wearing a brace before he would recover.

Unhappy about such a long lay-off,  Graham, who runs a successful electronics business in the South of England, turned to the other men in his gym for advice on how to speed up the healing process. Almost unanimously, they suggested he did what they did — start injecting himself with a substance called human growth hormone (HGH).

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More and more people are using HGH, the Human Growth Hormone in pursuit of youth. Naturally made in the pituitary gland, the hormone stimulates growth. In the past, it was harvested from corpses before being injected into below-average-height children. Now synthesized in laboratories, it is being used in ways never originally intended.

‘I found some for sale on the internet, bought it and started taking it,’ he says. ‘And my leg recovered in just six weeks.’

That was 18 months ago and Graham hasn’t looked back. He was so impressed by the effect it had on his body that he injects himself with £10 worth of the drug every single day. In that time, he has lost two-and-a-half-stone in weight and put on a noticeable amount of muscle. But, he says, there is more.

‘In my opinion, HGH is a miracle drug. When used in moderation, it will slow down aging in the body. And it helps to heal everything quicker. Last year, when the bad flu went around, I had friends who were ill with it for up to two weeks. I caught it and recovered in a few days.’

On top of that, he noticed an increase in his sexual libido and improvement in the condition of his skin. A friend who is also using it reported that his thinning hair had started to re-grow.

They are extraordinary claims and ones that are echoed not only in the world of muscle-bound fitness-fanatics but  also among those who simply want to halt the body’s aging process in its tracks.

Earlier this summer, singer Robbie Williams admitted he had consulted doctors in LA about taking HGH simply so he could look and feel younger.

‘It’s what all the old fellas are on in LA — it makes them look 40 instead of 60,’ said Williams, who is 37. ‘It’s improving their health, their memory, their hair and skin.’ (In the end, the singer opted for a course of testosterone injections instead.)

Singers looking for a miracle: Robbie Williams admits to having consulted doctors about using HGH and Madonna is rumored to have used it

Women, too, are flocking to try out what has been dubbed ‘cosmetic surgery in a syringe’. The youthful-looking trio of Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston and Madonna are all rumored to have had HGH jabs.

Dr Lionel Bissoon is one of America’s leading anti-aging gurus. The rich and famous queue up at his New York clinic to be treated with the drug.

‘For many, this is the fountain of youth and it’s very, very popular,’ he says. ‘My patients say they look good, feel strong and even sleep better. Very few people are disappointed.’

Of course, the ministrations of Dr Bissoon do not come cheap: regular treatment can cost up to £1,200 a month. And therein lies the rub. The vast majority of those using HGH both here and in America cannot afford such costs. Instead, they purchase it over the internet from foreign-based websites and then inject themselves.

In so doing, they blindly trust that what they are sent actually does contain some HGH — rather than being counterfeit or contaminated with unknown substances that could harm or even kill them.

But that isn’t the only risk. HGH is not licensed as an anti-aging drug. While some studies have suggested it can help the body heal itself and improve athletic performance, other experts believe its anti-aging abilities have been wildly exaggerated.Worse still, there are growing concerns about the dangers that HGH may pose to health.

Studies show that high levels can lead to swelling of the soft tissues in the body; abnormal growth of the hands, feet and face; high blood pressure; blood clots; diabetes; increased sweating; and excessive hair growth.

Organs — including the heart, liver and kidneys — may also undergo excessive growth, leading to potentially life-threatening problems such as cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. Cancer risks are also thought to increase.

Acting young: Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore are also rumoured to have used HGH to make them look younger

Given that, many will be surprised at just how easy HGH is to obtain in this country.

Manufactured under trade names such as Saizen, Genotropin, Norditropin, Humatrope, Zomacton and Nutropin aq, there are dozens of websites offering it for sale.

The vast majority of these are unregulated and based abroad, thereby sidestepping any risk of prosecution under British laws.

Like steroids, HGH is a class C drug which is illegal to supply. It should only be available from a doctor on prescription to treat severe growth disorders or conditions such as Aids-related muscle wastage. But at the same time, it is not illegal to possess, if possession is for personal use.

In other words, if someone is caught with relatively small amounts of HGH, they are unlikely to have any action taken against them.

And so the internet has become the main channel into the UK and its use — once confined to athletes hoping to gain an illegal edge — has become widespread.

Only last year, a gym in Bristol had to install needle-bins in the men’s toilets because so many people were using the drug (one gym member told how empty vials of HGH had been found on the premises and how he had seen people openly injecting themselves. Syringes had been left in the changing rooms and even on the gym floor.)

Meanwhile, online keep-fit forums are awash with people trading information and advice about the drug.

‘In my opinion, HGH is a miracle drug. When used in moderation, it will slow down ageing in the body. And it helps to heal everything quicker’

Last week, a man calling himself Big Chris posted the following: ‘I’m 21 about 18-19st — that’s fat not muscle. I used to be a bit of a gym buff, 13st of muscle but went to seed when I met my girlfriend. I’ve just started getting back into the gym and I’m considering going on HGH.’

Another wrote: ‘I’m considering getting some HGH — reason being is a few of my fellow gym buddies are on it and say it’s great, they are losing weight and have more energy, fewer aches and pains. What would you expect to pay for HGH? I’m about to pay  for ten days’ supply.’

What this man is about to purchase will no doubt have been imported from abroad. And, more worryingly, he will have no idea as to what it is he is about to start injecting into himself.

The dangers of this Russian roulette approach to self-medication were highlighted last year in a series of raids by police and officers from the Medicines And Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Targeting websites selling drugs like HGH, they seized more than £500,000 worth of medicines.

Tests on the confiscated pharmaceuticals showed high levels of counterfeiting and contamination with other drugs, suggesting those making them fail to clean equipment in between manufacturing runs.

‘The dangers of purchasing medicines from an unregulated source are that you just don’t know what you are taking,’ said Mick Deats, MHRA head of enforcement.

‘The dosages could be either too high or too low, contain no pharmaceutical ingredient or a totally different ingredient to that stated. Illegal suppliers have no quality control or standards to abide by.

‘If customers could see the filthy  conditions in which some of these medicines were being transported, stored and handled, they wouldn’t touch them.’

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Scalpel or syringe? Using HGH has become seen as a viable alternative to plastic surgery – for men and women

But it is not just gym-users who are taking HGH. The anti-aging industry in the US is worth 88 billion and in the UK worth £300 million a year. As in America, private clinics are offering the drug as a treatment.

The main role of HGH in the body is to boost growth during childhood. As people reach their mid-30s, our natural production of the hormone begins to slow. By topping up those levels, the belief is that the effects of aging can be countered.

While it is not illegal to prescribe drugs such as HGH for conditions for which they were not originally licensed, many doctors, such as Lionel Bissoon, insist they only ever use HGH after extensive blood and hormone tests show there is a deficiency.

But there is still a surprising  reluctance — in this country, at least — to talk about the treatment.

HGH is big news in anti-aging,’ said a Surrey-based doctor whose website advertises the anti-ageing benefits of HGH, but who asked not to be named.

‘But I won’t use it for anyone who isn’t actually deficient in it. To establish that means expensive blood tests, which will cost the patient over £500.

‘After that, if you have a dose of 0.4mg a day, it will cost about £500 a month, possibly up to £1,000 depending on the practitioner. After that, you will need frequent monitoring, which means more blood tests — and more money. It can run into thousands a year.

‘Most people who call me are taken aback by the price. They tell me they can get it much cheaper on the internet but, as I tell them, if they buy from anyone who isn’t a genuine medical doctor, which I am, they don’t know what they are getting into.’

‘It certainly didn’t make me look any younger. But even the positive effects were temporary. I lost some fat, but not my wrinkles. My feeling is that the benefits have been exaggerated’

One person who has first-hand experience of its effects is Dr Cecilia Tregear, a Harley Street medic who specializes in hormone treatments.

‘I took HGH several years ago,’ she admits. ‘I tried it when I turned 50 to find out if all the fuss was justified. What I noticed were initial, apparently positive effects on my energy levels and my libido rather than physical changes.

‘It certainly didn’t make me look any younger. But even the positive effects were temporary. I lost some fat, but not my wrinkles. My feeling is that the benefits have been exaggerated.’

Her view is backed up by a review of all the research into HGH conducted by scientists at Stanford University in California in 2007. It concluded that using the growth hormone resulted in small changes in body composition and an increased likelihood of conditions such as diabetes.

‘On the basis of this evidence,’ said the review, ‘growth hormone cannot be recommended as an anti-ageing therapy.’

But words such as that are unlikely to carry much truck with the likes of Graham Marks who believe that, in HGH, they have found the secret to eternal youth.

‘I know that I’m never going to be young again, but this stuff keeps me younger longer,’ he says. ‘I honestly feel it has taken at least a decade off my body age.’

But could it actually end up taking years off his life? It is something that he and the others taking part in this dangerous experiment will only discover when it is too late.

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HGH – the Fountain of Youth

HGH the Fountain of Youth

(AP) Richard Weisman is drinking deeply from what he considers the Fountain of Youth. The 44-year-old Las Vegas car dealer injects himself with human growth hormone six times a week, in addition to swallowing a handful of dietary supplements every day. “I have young children. I do it for them,” he said. “I want to be healthy as I get older.” Not only that, he says, he also feels an increase in energy, muscle and libido. “My wife loves it and is going to start the program herself,” said Weisman, whose luxury and sports car dealership is at Caesars Palace. Ordinary Americans — non-athletes like Weisman — are taking human growth hormone to make themselves look and feel better. It’s a practice regulators and researchers warn is illegal in many cases and dangerous, too. Human growth hormone is being offered by some doctors as part of an anti-aging regimen that can also include dietary supplements, nutrition counseling and exercise programs.

Human growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and contributes to normal growth in children. HGH injections have been shown to increase muscle mass and reduce fat in men and women. A pharmaceutical version is approved for treating children who fail to grow, for AIDS patients who are wasting away, and for adults with a growth hormone deficiency caused, for example, by surgery or radiation. Distributing it for other uses – including turning the clock back on aging, or bulking up to hit more home runs, as sluggers such as Barry Bonds have been accused of doing – is illegal. Studies have linked HGH to diabetes, heightened blood pressure, swelling of the joints, and nerve pain.

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Manopause – Testosterone Hormone Deficiency

Men are now becoming aware that a hormone imbalance and decline over the years can effect them just as it does women. This decline in male hormone levels and the variety of treatments to address symptoms caused by an androgen deficiency is now becoming a greater part of a man’s health care. The term “Manopause” has been coined for this health issue affecting men. The two most important hormones that begin their decline are testosterone and human growth hormone. See a relevant video on the topic of male hormone deficiency and read more about men’s version of menopause in these articles below.

Manopause – Men’s Version of Menopause caused by an Androgen Deficiency.

Tired? Irritable? Low sex drive? You may have “manopause”. Manopause is an alternative term for low testosterone, and it can really change your life. View a video of a guy in Idaho who started testosterone therapy with his doctor and has never looked back. Some claim we can tell how much testosterone the average man is producing just by looking at the size of his waist. If a man’s waist is larger than 40 inches, he will produce about 30 per cent less testosterone than a man with a waist that measures 37 inches or less.

Testosterone therapy helps breast cancer survivors. Researchers recently published data showing that sustained release testosterone, used with the estrogen blocker anastrozole, is effective therapy that helps improve quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

An important male health note: Pesticides found on fruit and vegetables could be doing untold damage to male fertility, research suggests. Thirty of 37 crop chemicals tested interfered with the action of testosterone, the sex hormone critical to a healthy male reproductive system.

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AAG Health Featured Testosterone Article

Testosterone and Negotiation. Research from the Kellogg School finds that testosterone plays a forceful role in the way we negotiate. The negotiating process for your desired salary, for example, might depend more on hormone levels than the economy, according to the new study.

The study examines whether exposure to prenatal testosterone, the testosterone we are exposed to as babies in the womb, predicts aggressive responses to unfair offers during bargaining. The research finds that individual differences in testosterone predict whether one will act in retaliation after receiving an unfair offer. Those with higher testosterone levels made lower return offers after they themselves received an unfair offer.

“This research holds important implications for our understanding of the relationship between social challenges and the levels of testosterone present during early prenatal development,” said Adam Galinsky, the Morris and Alice Kaplan Professor of Ethics and Decision in Management at Kellogg. “As anticipated, the effects of testosterone during sensitive developmental periods do not motivate aggressive behavior per se, but rather increase the appeal of getting even.”

Additionally, the test also found that the testosterone level did not alter the perceived fairness of low-ball offers but predicted how people responded to this fairness. Those with higher levels of testosterone were more likely to act on their sense of unfairness by retaliating in response. “Our results have implications for situations with opportunities for repeat negotiations, especially in the workplace and when the power relationships might be changing,” said Galinsky.

“The takeaway is that if you push too hard against a person with high testosterone, then when the tables are turned they will fire back at you. For example, executives who are on the losing end of a salary negotiation might take his or her client list after they leave the company.” The new study, entitled “Lex talionis: Testosterone and the law of retaliation,” will be published in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

If you think you might be suffering from Testosterone Hormone Deficiency also known as Low T, visit the hormone replacement specialists at AAG Health and The Anti-Aging Group of Physicians or take the low hormone symptoms test online at: Androgen Deficiency – Low Hormone Test

Learn more about hormone replacement therapy for men to treat andropause known as andropause – Men’s Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Can Growth Hormone Heighten Kids' Confidence?

By JOHN STOSSEL and GLENN RUPPEL

July 27, 2007

Are you too short? Missing out on opportunities because tall people have an advantage? What if, when you were young, you could have done something about it? Today many kids try to.

Kaitlin Christopherson of Lake Jackson, Texas, was short. She was a 14-year-old eighth-grader in 2005, but was only as tall as most fourth-graders.

Kaitlin said she never realized she was short until people started making fun of her for it. “They would tell me, ‘Why don’t you just grow,’ you know, stuff like that,” she said.

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