Do Anti-Aging Hormones work?

Anti Aging Hormones

Anti aging hormones, particularly human growth hormone (HGH) and Testosterone are being prescribed by several medical clinics across the United States, and also in several countries around the world. This treatment is sometimes called cenergenics. They claim rather convincingly that these hormones will control the aging process, thus putting you at a lower risk for age related diseases. In addition, these hormones will increase an individual’s muscle mass, strengthen bones, decrease body fat, increase your sexual appetite and help you look younger. There are clinics that charge up to $1200 monthly for this treatment.

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Possible Side Effects of HGH Injections

According to the Mayo Clinic and other medical facilities, these are numerous possible side effects, particularly for older adults:

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Higher incidence of developing diabetes or hypoglycemia
  • Possible heart damage –causing an enlarged heart or high blood pressure
  • Gynaecomastia (abnormal enlarged breasts on men)
  • Liver damage
  • Acromegaly which is an overgrowth of bones and tissue which can change your appearance causing a protruding jaw, eyebrows, or enlarged hands and feet
  • Impotence

What is a Growth Hormone?

Human growth hormone is produced in the pituitary gland in the brain and its purpose is to fuel the growth of children, and it aids in maintaining organs and tissues throughout life. There are some circumstances where synthetic HGH is necessary, particularly in children who have an HGH deficiency. It is an injectable drug. Human growth hormone deficiency may be caused by an adenoma tumor on the pituitary gland, plus it is given to people with AIDS or HIV if they experience muscle wasting.

If a person has a deficiency, the synthetic HGH will:

  • Increase muscle mass
  • Increase bone density
  • Decrease body fat
  • Increase exercise capability

There are very few studies of adults using HGH.It is unusual for a person to have HGH deficiency.

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Obviously this can't happen without a lot of weight lifting and a good diet.
Obviously this can't happen without a lot of weight lifting and a good diet.

Low Testosterone More Common for Men

Testosterone, an androgenic hormone, is chiefly produced by the testes. Women also have a small amount of testosterone, but for the purpose of this article it will be focused on men. Since hormones do decline by middle age testosterone deficiency can be a problem for anyone. The physical symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle and bone loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Problems with concentration
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Dry and/or wrinkled skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of sexual desire

A doctor will do a simple blood test if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms. The normal ranges for blood testosterone are: Males 300-1,200 ng/dl, Female 30-95 ng/dl. Low testosterone is easily treated with a monthly injection. This is distinctly different from using the combination of HGH and testosterone as an antiageing treatment.

DHEA - Another Important Hormone

We hear a lot in the news about athletics and weight lifters using anabolic steroids to increase muscle mass, but this is also different from the HGH and testosterone combination discussed in this article.

Another hormone therapy, which is thought by some to produce anti aging benefits is DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). It is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. Its purpose is to help produce other hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen. Research studies have not found it to help with anti aging. However, some research has shown improvement on hipbone mineral bone density and concentration.

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Conclusion

It is easy to conclude that we all would like to turn back the clock on aging, but the HGH plus testosterone combination has a possibility of such serious side effects that an individual would need to really think carefully about the risks. Testosterone alone, on the other hand, is very effective in improving the quality of life for those people who actually have a low testosterone level and side effects are usually rare. The best anti aging philosophy is based on your lifestyle by eating healthy food, exercising, use sunscreen, reducing stress and getting enough sleep.

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b. Malin 4 years ago

I totally agree with your Thoughts on all the Anti Aging Hormones...Beware of the side effects. A Healthy Life Style, along with WALKING each day, when possible, or some form of Exercise and Diet goes along way to keep us from aging too Fast. Good, Timely, useful, and Interesting Hub Pamela, thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

b Malin, I'm glad you found the hub helpful and I appreciate your comments.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Intersting post, Pamela. I learned something new today. I agree with b. Malin, you have to be careful with this option and make sure you are aware of the side effects. Voted up!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

teaches, I guess we all agree then. Thank you for your comments.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Anti-aging hormones have not been around long enough for longitudinal studies to have been performed regarding their effects. People who take them may be risking their health and potential longevity. If the Fountain of Youth does exist, Pamela, physicians have not yet found its source.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Great information. I agree with you that the best anti-aging strategy is healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing and rated up.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

drbj, I agree. The side effects are too dangerous to risk. Now if they found that fountain of youth, I'd jump in for a swim! Thanks for your comments.

Anginwu, I appreciate your comments.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I agree that your lifestyle is the most important aspect to health and beauty. It would be wonderful if we could buy a cream that would eliminate lines.. Alas, time marches on..Hee..Great hub..Thank you..


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

always exploring, I agree! Thank you for your comments.


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sofs 4 years ago

Life style change is the only way to a healthy life.. for me. I am glad that you have put in a word of caution.. people seem to find such things to be the easy way out of their problems.. Informative article. Have a lovely day.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

sofs, I agree and I appreciate your comments.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

No thanks to the hormones. I am sure there are side effects lurking that we haven't even heard about. It is par for the course. Up and interesting and useful too.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

BPOP, I agree. I appreciate your comments.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I quite agree with you, unless you need this hormone because you are lacking, then no way should anybody take it, as I was reading I had visions of men turning into the incredible hulk! lol! but in a small sense that does happen, bigger jaw, extra muscles etc, just keep to the yoga and exercise much better for you, great info, thanks!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Nell, I agree. Some of the men I've seen that have been on android steroids do look a bit like the incredible hulk. Thanks for your comments.


babithababa 4 years ago

Pamela , this was grand reading . Great .Thanks .To critically comment , to be true , I have to investigate .Still I know , the article is near to right in main aspects .


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

babithababa, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

babithababa, We should always investigate new information. Thanks for your comments.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Interesting read but personally I think it's better to eat well, keep fit, do things that make one happy and as much as possible avoid too much worry and stress.

I have seen lots of people in their 50s and 60s and they age so gracefully. Some even look better with age.

However, it wouldn't hurt to use hormones if one is aware of the side effects.... but they might have to take it forever..... :-)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Lady E, Your first paragraph is absolutely the best way to live your life. Certainly hormones have side effects and one must be aware of them. Thanks for your comments.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Another interesting and informative hub, Pamela. I have heard about the side affects of testosterone and HGH, so I'm not into trying those. Men can benefit from testosterone injections if the dosage is small. But, HGH is a little scary to me.

I wear a bioidentical hormone patch -- a low dose and it does wonders for me. I feel so much better and it does slow the effects of aging, althought it doesn't completely stop them. There are side effects, but for me quality of life us more important that length of life. Each person must make the decision of what is best for him/her. This is definitely not a one size fits all type of program. My patch definitely helps me and the benefits outweigh the downsides. But, hormone injections/medications are not something to play around or take lightly.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and information -- it is greatly appreciated! Voted up!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Suzette, I took estrogen for years after a complete hysterectomy at 40, which stopped me from going into instant menopause. I also think it is an individual decision but each person should be well informed. I am also uncomfortable with HGH in almost any case. Thank you for your comments.


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Pamela99 8 months ago from United States Author

Thanks for the comment.

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