What Does HGH Do?
An unfortunate fact of life: Beginning in the middle years, all of us experience some progressive and ultimately profound alterations in our body composition, including decline in testosterone and growth hormone production. Our lean body mass shrinks while our fat tissue expands.
This combination of seemingly inevitable events causes atrophy in our muscles and bones, and even has a negative impact on our liver, kidney and spleen.
These changes, due to our body’s natural depletion of human growth hormone (HGH) – once considered an irreversible rite of aging – are no longer inevitable. Thanks to scientific research and developments, men are able to stay fit, retain and even build lean body mass, while keeping fat tissue at bay. Our increased understanding of how HGH works and the development of new techniques to help retain a vital supply of this indispensable hormone in our bodies, has helped men remain vigorous and attractive well into their senior years.
Produced in the pituitary gland, HGH, also known as somatotropin, is a peptide hormone that kickstarts our body’s growth when we’re kids and adolescents. Growth Hormone also plays a lead role in promoting our overall health by regulating muscle and bone growth, the metabolism of sugar and fat, and may even have something to do with heart health.
The production of synthetic human growth hormone to treat certain conditions was developed in 1985 and was soon approved for use by the FDA for limited uses. The FDA has approved the use of synthetic HGH for the following:
- Short bowel syndrome, a condition in which nutrients are not properly absorbed due to severe intestinal disease or the surgical removal of a large portion of the small intestine.
- HGH deficiency due to rare pituitary tumors or their treatment.
- Muscle-wasting disease associated with HIV/AIDS