Tuesday, April 20

HGH: Does it really slow aging?

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As an anti-aging and longevity solution, the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) seems like a very reliable product because of the many scientific studies that support its efficiency.

Studies have revealed that injections of human growth hormone supplements can:
  • Increase bone density;
  • Increase muscle mass;
  • Decrease body fat; and
  • Increase exercise capacity.

It is also approved to treat AIDS- or HIV-related muscle wasting. However, the question we are most concerned with is: Can HGH slow aging in otherwise healthy older adults?

Although HGH can increase muscle mass and reduce fat, it does not necessarily mean it can increase strength. There aren't enough number of studies that support HGH as an anti-aging solution.

The few short-term studies did produce results, but they are mostly negative. Whether they dissipate or become worse after a period of use is not known. Older adults will most likely experience these side effects.

These side effects include swelling in the arms and legs, joint pain, muscle pain, and for men, enlargement of breast tissue or gynecomastia. Human growth hormone may also contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease.

In conlusion, it is better for you to consult your doctor for healthier, safer and more effective alternatives, such as taking anti-oxidants and exercising daily.

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