Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pituitary gland. HGH helps the body make new cells, repair old cells, improves energy, and helps create a sense of well-being and much more. It has been used by athletes for performance enhancement, demonized by major media, and the target of investigations by authorities for those prescribing HGH illegally. Yet, truth be told, legal HGH prescriptions amount to over $3 Billion dollars in sales annually. One-half of global sales exist in the United States alone. It’s reported that approximately 50% of sales are for children with growth deficiencies, and the remainder goes to the adult population, presumably for adult human growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) or anti-aging purposes.
Facts about Human Growth Hormone
- It is produced by the body’s pituitary gland, a naturally occurring hormone the body needs to survive.
- It helps improve body composition (builds muscle while reducing fat) which is good for body mass index (BMI) and positively correlated to better cardiovascular health. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States with over 600,000 deaths each year according to the CDC.
- It’s been shown to improve cholesterol profile, perhaps related to improved body composition.
- It has been shown to increase skin thickness and elasticity, hence resulting in less skin wrinkling.
- It’s beneficial for patients with AIDS who suffer from AIDS wasting.
- It is believed to help the elderly avoid the onset of Sarcopenia which is a leading factor to the loss of independence of the elderly.
- Research has shown it improves mineral bone density, thus helping to reduce risk factors for osteoporosis.
- Billionaire investor Mark Cuban, and leading Hillary Clinton supporter for president, recently funded a major university study on HGH for the use of accelerating and improving injury recover in athletes.
- Billionaire tech mogul Peter Theil, and staunch supporter of Donald Trump for president, recently announced to Bloomberg Television that he takes HGH as one contributing lifestyle factor he uses to help him achieve his goal of living to a 120 years.
How to Get an HGH Prescription
In order to get a prescription for human growth hormone, adults must search for an anti-aging or age management medical professional, get a comprehensive examination including blood testing and face-to-face physician consultation. If it is shown that levels of natural growth hormone production are diminished, resulting negatively upon the patient’s health and well-being, a physician will prescribe treatment. The goal of treatment is to replace just the proper amount of HGH necessary for the patient to receive benefit. This is much different than an athlete using excessively large amounts of HGH for performance enhancement. Doses that large generally entails taking much more than the body needs which may be risky to one’s health.
How HGH is Taken
HGH is taken by subcutaneous injection using a small needle similar to an insulin injection. To date, there is no other effective delivery system besides injection. Because HGH is used frequently for children with growth problems, manufacturers have gone to great lengths to design easy to use Pen Injection Systems. A patient only needs to remove the pen cap, attach a tiny needle, turn the top to the proper dose, and push a button to inject into the subcutaneous skin tissue – usually around the bellybutton.
How Frequently to Inject HGH
HGH is usually prescribed as follows: Injections once per day 5 days per week, taking two days off each week. Some physicians recommend patients inject at nighttime before bed. Others suggest in the mornings. There are differing opinions on why. Some physicians prefer you increase the levels of growth hormone during the evening, when the patient is asleep. That is when the body typically secretes the most growth hormone. It’s best to follow the doctor’s instructions on dosing and injection times.
How Much Does HGH Cost
HGH is not cheap. In the USA it is more expensive that it is in many other countries. Part of the reason for this has to do with the specific pricing models utilized by the large multi-national pharmaceutical companies. We’ve all heard how many medications are intentionally marked-up for the US population in order to better support the research and development costs of future medications. HGH appears to be one of those medications. HGH is much less expensive in other countries, but patients need to beware of counterfeit HGH products. Whether in the US or in another country, always investigate thoroughly your health care provider and only work with reputable providers.
Note: Never order HGH directly from an internet pharmacy.
How to Choose a Care Provider
For anti-aging and age management care providers, it is best to seek out physicians with board certification or specialization in this kind of medicine. Many endocrinologist don’t receive training on these kinds of cutting-edge age management therapies, and sometimes this leads between turf battles among medical professionals. However, other endocrinologist are leaders in this these types of therapies. For those residing in the USA, a directory listing of physicians who have registered and trained in a fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) can easily be found with an internet search.
The Future of HGH
Currently sales growth of HGH is estimated to grow by 25% over the next 5 years. New biotechnology companies are investing in long-acting HGH, so injections only are required once per week. The two leading brands of HGH are: Norditropin by Novo Nordisk and Genetropin by Pfizer. Novo Nordisk is the market leader, with Pfizer a close second. Both products are 100% bioidentical so the major difference between the two is cost and delivery system. The medication is identical.
For more information on HGH Treatment, search for a knowledgeable medical professional with 5 or more years’ experience prescribing hormone replacement therapies for patients, including HGH.