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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Will Human Growth Hormone Make Me Look Like Arnold Schwarzeneggar?

Human Growth Hormone is being touted as the key to the fountain of youth and it is commonly associated with Anti-Aging. It all started back in 1990 when Dr. Daniel Rudman published a study on the effects of Growth Hormone on lean body mass and fat tissue in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Judith Reichman does a fine job explaining the reality of using Human Growth Hormone, who is it really for, and the dangers associated with it's use.

What is growth hormone? Does it really work to stop aging?Growth hormone is produced in the pituitary gland of the brain. Once released, it induces the liver to make insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and this hormone then triggers the growth of bones and body tissues. HGH is especially important for normal growth in children. Indeed, most of our knowledge of hGH comes from studying children who lack the hormone, and as a result suffer from stunted growth and development. In adults, a true medical deficiency of growth hormone may result from disease, tumors, surgery or radiation that destroys critical areas in the pituitary. This then leads to weight gain, cholesterol abnormalities, heart disease, fatigue, decreased immune response, loss of muscles and osteoporosis.

Dr. Shafran thinks that Human Growth Hormone can be very dangerous as a supplement and should only be given in very special cases. There are many ways to increase the levels of Human Growth Hormone(HGH) naturally in the human body. Here are some suggestions that are much safer:
1. Strength Training
2. Amino Acids (Arginine, Ornithine, Lysine, Glutamine)
3. Vitamin (Niacin)
4. 25% Reduction of overall calories
5. Decrease in Body Fat

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