Once we hit age 30 the levels of many of our hormones begin to decline. The lean body mass (LBM) of our organs starts to decrease, whereas the adipose (or fat) mass. Between the ages of 30 and 75, the liver, kidneys, brain, and pancreas atrophy by an average of 30%. The LBM declines by ~5% in men and 2.5% in women per decade. Meanwhile, the percent body fat increases in both sexes during the same period.
Although many people consider these changes as simply part of the aging process, they are actually a threat to health and longevity. For example, the amount of aerobic power is directly linked to the amount of LBM. In addition, the shrinkage of the vital organs means that they cannot do their jobs as efficiently as they once could, whether it is the heart pumping, muscles lifting, or kidneys clearing metabolic waste from the blood. Finally, as the amount of abdominal fat rises the risk of heart attack, hypertension, and diabetes also increases.
In one study performed in 24 adults with GH deficiency at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, half the group was put on hGH therapy and the other half was given a placebo. At the end of the six-month period, the hormone-treated group had no change in their overall weight, but they had lost an average of 12.5 pounds of fat and gained an average of 12.1 pounds of LBM (a 10.8% increase), which is mostly muscle. The bodies became sleeker and more tapered, as shown by a significant decrease in the waist to hip ratio. Although this study was conducted on patients with pituitary diseases, the researchers noted that recombinant hGH reduced fat mass by ~20%, which suggests that GH could regulate fat mass in normal adults.
hGH therapy has a shape-shifting effect on the body. Here at AAI Rejuvenation Clinic, we always perform a comprehensive blood panel testing to help create a personalized program that fits your specific body and its needs. Please fill out our medical history form or contact us directly to speak with one of our wellness advisors who can explain our hormone replacement therapies. Call today! Begin to take charge of your life and make sure that you are enjoying this existence to the fullest.