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Growth Hormone in Men

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Growth Hormone ( Somatotropin )

Growth hormone is an anabolic hormone produced by your pituitary gland, that has an essential role in maintaining the growth and repair of virtually every cell in your body.   Your body needs growth hormone for almost every physiological function including the  metabolism and regulation of fat, bone, muscle, and even your skin.

Growth hormone is essential to the growth spurts that are seen in childhood and adolescence.  Its levels drops by as much as 70 to 80 percent as a person ages into adulthood.  As growth hormone levels decrease, cellular metabolism is disrupted.  Cells begin to lose their natural ability to maintain proper weight, energy, and strength.  By the time you are 70, your body may have a decreased growth hormone levels by as much as 90%

What Does Growth Hormone Do For You

  • Increased muscle strength and mass.
  • Decreased body fat, particularly in the midsection.
  • Improved cardiovascular function and lowered blood pressure.
  • Increased energy and stamina.
  • Increased elasticity in the skin, particularly in the face.
  • Deeper sleep.
  • Improved bone strength and density.
  • Higher sex drive and improved sexual function.
  • Shorter recovery time from injuries and exercise.
  • Sharper mental acuity.
  • Improved kidney function.
  • Stronger immune system.
  • Improved hair texture.
  • Higher HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
  • Improved mood and sense of wellbeing.
  • Faster metabolism.
  • Increased protection from the ravages of stress and cortisol.

Growth Hormone in Men

  • Growth hormone must be administered by injection
  • Oral ( pill ) forms of growth hormone are broken down by your stomach and therefore not effective
  • Growth hormone can be increased by either injecting  recombinant GH or by stimulating the pituitary to release your own growth hormone
  •  The benefit of therapy needs to be confirmed by diagnostic blood levels
  • Lab studies are required every 4 weeks

Treatment for Low Growth Hormone

  • Growth hormone is administered by injection daily.   
  • In general, it will take about 4 to 8 weeks to see its benefits including better sleep.  
  • Most people will see a maximum benefit in how they look and feel in about 3 to 6 months
  • You will need to follow up every 4 weeks to monitor your hormone levels and evaluate your progress
  • Additional labs required include blood glucose, cholesterol, and occasional bone density testing

Is Growth Hormone Therapy Safe?

  • Fortunately, serious side effects are rare. 
  • Swelling, numbness, and joint and muscle aches and pains are the most common side effects.
  • You may experience these side effects if you’re getting more growth hormone than you need. 
  • If you have these symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately. He or she will adjust the amount of growth hormone you’re taking. 
  • Once your doctor adjusts your dose, the symptoms should go away on their own.
  • There are some people who shouldn’t take growth hormone injections, such as people who have tumors or cancer. People who are seriously ill, have multiple injuries from a trauma, or severe breathing problems should also not take growth hormone injections.

Who Should Never Get Growth Hormone Therapy?

  • Patients with tumors or cancers can see their tumors grow
  • People who are seriously ill or after multiple traumas can see problems with wound healing
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Frequently Asked Questions

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.

BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.

One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.

Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.

You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!
To find out if BHRT is the right solution for you, speak with an HTCA physician today!

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