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Millions of American men use a prescription testosterone gel, patch, or injection to boost levels of the manly hormone. The ongoing marketing blitz promises that treating “low T” this way can make men feel more alert, energetic, mentally sharp, and sexually functional. However, legitimate safety concerns linger, as explained in the February 2014 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch.
“Because of the marketing, men have been flooded with information about the potential benefit of fixing low testosterone, but not with the potential costs,” says Dr. Carl Pallais, an endocrinologist and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Men should be much more mindful of the possible long-term complications.”
Some studies have found that men taking testosterone have more cardiovascular problems, like heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease. Some physicians also have a lingering concern that testosterone therapy could stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells. Yet the evidence is mixed, with some studies showing a lower cardiac risk with testosterone therapy and no apparent effect on prostate cancer.
In such uncertain times, men should take a cautious approach, Dr. Pallais says.
“I can’t tell you for certain that taking testosterone raises the risk of heart problems and prostate cancer, or that it doesn’t,” Dr. Pallais says. “We need a large study with multiple thousands of men followed for many years to figure it out.”
Until then, here are some tips for taking a cautious approach to testosterone therapy:
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The benefits of a ketogenic diet are similar to those of other low-carb diets, but its more powerful than liberal low-carb diets. Think of keto as a super-charged low-carb diet, maximizing the benefits.
Turning your body into a fat-burning machine has obvious benefits for weight loss. Fat burning is vastly increased, while insulin the fat-storing hormone levels drop greatly. This creates ideal circumstances in which body fat loss can occur, without hunger.
More than 30 high-quality scientific studies show that, compared to other diets, low-carb and keto diets result in more effective weight loss.
On a keto diet youll gain a new control over your appetite. When your body burns fat 24-7, it has constant access to weeks or months of stored energy, dramatically reducing feelings of hunger. Its a very common experience, and studies prove it.
This makes it easy to eat less and lose excess weight just dont eat until youre hungry. This makes intermittent fasting easy, super-charging efforts to reverse type 2 diabetes and speeding up weight loss. Plus, youll save tons of time and money by not having to snack all the time. Many people only feel the need to eat twice a day (often skipping breakfast), and some just once a day.
Not having to fight feelings of hunger can also potentially help with problems like sugar or food addiction, and possibly some eating disorders, like bulimia, as well. At least feeling satisfied can be part of the solution. Food can stop being an enemy and become your friend or simply fuel, whatever you prefer.
Ketosis results in a steady flow of fuel (ketones) to the brain, and you avoid big blood sugar swings. This often results in the experience of improved focus and concentration. Any brain fog will be long gone!
A lot of people use ketogenic diets specifically for increased mental performance. Also, many people experience an increase in energy when in ketosis.
On keto, the brain doesnt need carbs. Its fueled 24-7 by ketones, a perfect brain fuel for focus and energy.
A ketogenic diet controls blood sugar levels, and is excellent for reversing type 2 diabetes. This has been proven in studies. It makes perfect sense since keto lowers blood-sugar levels and reduces the negative impact of high insulin levels.
As a keto diet may even reverse existing type 2 diabetes, its likely to be even more effective at preventing it, or reversing pre-diabetes.
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There are many studies showing that low-carb diets improve important risk factors for heart disease, including the cholesterol profile (HDL, triglycerides), while total cholesterol levels are usually impacted minimally. Its also typical to see improved blood sugar levels, insulin levels and blood pressure.
These commonly improved markers are connected to something called metabolic syndrome, and improvements in weight, waist circumference, diabetes type 2 reversal etc.
My health markers after 10 years on a keto diet
Keto can result in a calmer stomach, less (or no) gas, less cramps and pains, etc.
For quite a few people this is the top benefit, and it usually only takes a day or two to experience it. Learn more
Ketogenic diets can vastly increase your physical endurance by giving you constant access to all the energy of your fat stores.
The bodys supply of stored carbohydrates (glycogen) only lasts for a couple of hours of intense exercise, or less. But your fat stores carry enough energy to easily last for weeks or even months.
How to maximize endurance on a keto diet
The ketogenic diet is a proven and effective medical therapy for epilepsy that has been used since the 1920s. Traditionally it was used primarily for children, but recently adults have benefited from it as well.
Using a ketogenic diet in epilepsy can allow people to take less or no anti-epileptic drugs, while still remaining seizure-free. This reduces drug side effects and thus increases mental performance. More
The benefits above are the most common ones. But there are others that are potentially even more surprising and at least for some people life changing. Did you know that a keto diet often normalizes blood pressure, results in less acne, controls migraine, might help with certain mental health issues and helps with a lot more?
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Theres even science-based speculation that a ketogenic diet could increase longevity and help treat or reduce the risk of cancer. Its also being used as an experimental treatment for some people with Parkinsons disease.
Were always happy to receive stories from people whove used a keto diet to revolutionize their health. Weve been sent thousands of such stories, and we publish some of the most amazing ones over 250 so far for anyone to read.
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Your brain also has its own senseof what you should weigh,no matter what you consciously believe.This is called your set point,but that’s a misleading term,because it’s actually a rangeof about 10 or 15 pounds.You can use lifestyle choices to move your weightup and down within that range,but it’s much, much harder to stay outside of it.The hypothalamus, the part of the brainthat regulates body weight,there are more than a dozen chemical signalsin the brain that tell your body to gain weight,more than another dozen thattell your body to lose it,and the system works like a thermostat,responding to signals from the bodyby adjusting hunger, activity and metabolism,to keep your weight stable as conditions change.That’s what a thermostat does, right?It keeps the temperature in your house the sameas the weather changes outside.Now you can try to change the temperaturein your house by opening a window in the winter,but that’s not going to changethe setting on the thermostat,which will respond by kicking on the furnaceto warm the place back up.Your brain works exactly the same way,responding to weight loss by using powerful toolsto push your body backto what it considers normal.If you lose a lot of weight,your brain reacts as if you were starving,and whether you started out fat or thin,your brain’s response is exactly the same.We would love to think that your brain could tellwhether you need to lose weight or not,but it can’t.If you do lose a lot of weight,you become hungry,and your muscles burn less energy.Dr. Rudy Leibel of Columbia Universityhas found that people who have lost10 percent of their body weightburn 250 to 400 calories lessbecause their metabolism is suppressed.That’s a lot of food.This means that a successful dietermust eat this much less foreverthan someone of the same weightwho has always been thin.
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Our approach to successful weight loss is the regulation of your appetite while helping you initiate changes to your lifestyle via exercise and nutritional habits. It is a support approach to maximize the full benefits of treatment and enabling the patient to enjoy a healthier, fuller life.
Our completeBody Composition Analysisidentifies where you are currently and setup the guide to get you where you want to be. Indian Lake Medical Weight Loss uses medications, supplements and injections to give you more energy, aid in appetite suppression and to greatly accelerate the weight loss process.
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Phentermine(30mg,37.5mg) Adipex-P, an appetite suppressant, may be prescribed for short-term use as part of an overall weight reduction program that also includes dieting, exercise, and counseling. The drug is for use only by excessively overweight individuals who have a conditionsuch as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterolthat could lead to serious medical problems.
Phentermine(30mg,37.5mg)is used along with a doctor-approved, reduced-calorie diet, exercise, and behavior change program to help you lose weight. It is used in people who are significantly overweight (obese) and have not been able to lose enough weight with diet and exercise alone. Losing weight and keeping it off can reduce the many health risks that come with obesity, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a shorter life.
Blitz Fat Burner Tablets is a unique combination of vitamins that work synergistically and helps to combat stress. Although these vitamins are available in a wide variety of foods; they are light and heat sensitive and are depleted with poor food storage. Also, overcooking food and cooking with water leads to vitamin loss before ingestion. Consequently this water-soluble vitamin group needs daily replenishing.
Metformin for Weight Loss Metforminis a medication that is commonly prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is marketed under the brand name Glucophage and is commonly used to reduce high blood sugar levels in obese and overweight diabetics. Aside from being effective in lowering blood sugar levels, it has also been observed to cause modest weight loss. This resulted in research to investigate whether metformin may be used effectively to achieve weight loss in obese or overweight people without type 2 diabetes. Studies on obese non-diabetic patients have shown that metformin may reduce their body weight and improve blood cholesterol levels. However, since these clinical trials are ongoing, the drug is not yet being marketed as a treatment for weight loss.
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Posted: October 4, 2018 at 3:47 am
Whether youve decided to get in better shape as part of a New Years resolution, for summer bathing suit season or you just want to boost your normal routine, theres never a bad time to get fit and shed those last extra pounds. And odds are you want to lose weight fast.
But if youve ever tried losing weight, getting in shape or simply leading a healthier lifestyle, you know that its not as easy as just changing your diet and squeezing in more workouts. Thats why Ive rounded up my favorite 49 ways to help you get healthy andfit.
From exercising for short bursts of time to making weekly menus to even having a cheat meal, these 49 workout, diet and lifestyle tips to lose weight fast will help you achieve your health and fitness goals.* Just remember, this is not onlyabout losing weight, but living a better healthier, happier life!
1. Schedule workouts
Pencil workouts into your daily planner the same way you do dinner with friends or that important business meeting. This will help hold you accountable. Itll also force you to choose a specific time to get your sweat on, making it more likely youll stick to it.
2.Break up workouts throughout the day
Cant carve out a full 30 minutes or an hour of exercise time in one go? Opt for shorter bouts of exercise throughout the day instead. The latest science suggests that several short exercise bursts provide the samehealth and fitness benefits as a similar amount of exercise done in one longer workout and, in some cases, reap even more rewards. (1)
Try a quick cardio circuit in the morning, a brisk stroll during your lunch hour and an after-dinner strength session. Theres no need to do it all at once.
3. Dont let traveling derail your efforts
Being away from your normal routine doesnt mean your healthy efforts need fall to the wayside. Jog a few miles on the hotel gyms treadmill, scope out a local barre studio and pop in for a class, take a walking tour of the city, rent a bike and explore or even do a quick workout in your hotel room.
Try theseresistance bandexercises; they make for a quick workout, and a band takes up little space in your bag, making it perfect for when youre on the go.
4. Add variety to your routine
Keep your muscles guessing by cross training and trying different workouts or tweaking your usual routine. Youll work new muscles and beat boredom while tryingsomething new. Also, studies show that youre more likely to stick with your daily exercise routine if you switch up your workouts. Are you a CrossFit junkie? Stretch out at a yoga class. Is running more your style? Try addingsome speed intervals throughout your usual route.
5. But dont force yourself to do an activity you dislike
If you hate an activity, youre likely much less likely to stick with it. This doesnt mean shying away from activities that challenge you thats how your body changes! But if you dread swimming, theres no reason to force yourself into the pool five times a week. Working out shouldnt be a chore; it should be something you look forward to.
6. Do it on a budget
Its easy to think that getting in shape will be expensive, but it doesnt have to be. Aside from outdoor activities like walking, running andhiking, there are many other ways to get in a great workout without spending much money. Try a YouTube workout, check out low-cost community fitness centers or invest in a few quality exercise videos.
7. Crank up the music
Its been scientifically proven that listening to upbeat music during exercise helps you work harder and enjoy both the workout and the music more. (2) Plus, it can help pass the time during a particularly intense part of your workout.
And its super easy! All you have to do is add your favorite fast-paced jams to a playlist and get moving.
8. Exercisewith a group
Not only do activities like group fitness exercises help hold you accountable to a specific time and place to work out, its also a great way to meet friends. After all, youre likely to start seeing and befriending class regulars. Classes also provide an opportunity to try something new in a safe, supportive environment.
If working out in a studio isnt your thing, check sites like Meetup to find local groups in sports youre interested in. From running groups to walking to lose weight to bike riding communities, theres probably a group interested in the same activities as you.
9. Start your day with a workout
If you constantly find that theres not enough time during the day to squeeze in a workout, it might be time to jumpstart yourday with one. Getting exercise in the morning has a variety of perks: Youll be energized throughout the day, unexpected time commitments wont jeopardize your fitness plans and youre more likely to make healthier choices.
And heres a bonus tip: Make setting the alarm clock early a bit easier by prepping your workout essentials the night before so you can grab and go.
10.Get results fast with burst training
Burst trainingisinterval training that combines short, high-intensity bursts of exercise with slow recovery phases. This method of exercise helps your body burn fat faster because your metabolism stays elevated for up to 48 hours after exercise. When youre short on time but want fastresults, its a super effective option to lose weight fast.
11. Skip the scale
When youre trying to lose weight, the scale can be deceiving. Thats because it doesnt take into account that you are probably adding muscle. So even though youre making progress, the number on your scale might not budge (or it couldeven go up), which can be defeating.
And while a pound of fat is still the same as a pound of muscle, because muscle is lean and smooth, you can be shedding inches while remaining the same weight. To get a more accurate depiction of how your body is changing, use body measurement tape instead to track your size and progress.
12. Incorporate weight lifting
Could lifting weightstruly be one of the fastest ways to lose weight? Savvy exercisers know that the best workouts dont include just cardio, but incorporate strength training as well.
Building muscle helps you lose inches all around, keeps your metabolism going after leaving the gym and will help you look better, too. Researchers even discovered that weight training could be more beneficial for reducing belly fat than aerobic exercise. (3)
And ladies, dont stress weight lifting will not make you bulk up. So if youre looking to get that toned look, pick up those weights and make them a regular part of your routine.
13. Consider using a personal trainer
If youre at a total loss as to how to begin a fitness routine, have an injury or other health issues or simply want to learn how to maximize your gym time, considering investing in a personal trainer. They can help shape a fitness program to reach your goals while taking into account any special considerations.
A certified personal trainer can be a great way to kick-start your healthy lifestyle or help get you over a weight loss plateau. Scheduling one with a few friends can keep costs down, too.
14. Drink plenty of water
Often we think were hungry when our bodies are actually just begging for water. So itsimportant to drinkenough waterthroughout the day to stay hydrated. Rather that worrying about stomach bloat and water weight, you need to realize that water will actually reduce bloating and overall weight.
Drinking water not only keeps fat toxins moving out of the body, it also keeps your metabolism running optimally. In fact, in a 2013 study showed14 healthy men and women increased their metabolic rate by 30 percent after drinkingabout 16 ounces of water! (4)
And if thats not enough to convince you the worlds healthiest drink will help you lose weight fast, remember that itscalorie-free, too!
15. Pack your own snacks
It comes on suddenly: One minute youre feeling great and the next youre starving for a snack. Skip the vending machine and prepare your own healthy snacks to take to work, school or whenever youre out and about. Why? In part, because most processed snacks are purely carbs and are the definition of empty calories, jacking your blood sugar and leaving you hungrier afterwards.
From apple chips to an on-the-go healthysmoothie, packing your own snacks will help you lose weight fast while also giving you the nutrients you need without the icky preservatives from expensive, processed foods.
16. Increase your protein intake
Increasing your protein intake is a great way to lose weight fast and burn fat. And most people dont get nearly enough protein in their diet.
If your goal is to lose weight, I would recommend consuminghalf your body weight in grams of protein a day (at the very least). For those seeking to burn fat and build muscle, aim to consume 0.7 to 1 gramperpound of body weight. For example, if you weight 150 pounds, you should be getting 75 to 150 grams of protein a day (depending on your goals). Checkout this list of these topprotein foods.
17. Eat grapefruit
New research is revealing that consuming grapefruit benefits weight loss in a major way. (5) The key may be an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) that is found in grapefruit. AMPK helps your body utilize sugar, which results in boosting your metabolism.
Additionally, nootkatone, a component found in grapefruit, has been shown to significantly increase fat-burning (AMPK) activity. So consider grapefruit a great vitamin C-rich snack and add grapefruit slices to a spinach salad or even into an immune-boosting smoothie to help you lose weight fast.
18. Drink green tea
Drinking herbal teas such asgreen tea, white tea, black tea and rooibos tea can amp up your metabolism. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea is more effective than other teas like oolong at promoting weight loss because of its high levels of catechins. (6) So if you want to lose weight fast, I recommend drinking 13 cups of green tea daily.
19. Get your fill of fiber
Foods high in fiber will help you feel fuller longer and help reduce sugar cravings. Also, fiber has been proven to balance blood sugar, lower cholesterol and more.
But chances are youre not consuming enough. The average person only gets 1520 grams of fiber eachday when they should be getting 3040 grams daily. Not sure if your favorite foods stack up? Check out my tophigh-fiber foods.
20. Eat 90 percent of your meals at home
Whether youre a novice or a pro in the kitchen, making your own snacks and meals from whole foods will help you lose weight fast. By controlling what ingredients, fats and oils are in your food, youll be able to make healthy choices without sacrificing the food and flavors you love.
Start by committing to making one meal a day at home. As you get more comfortable in the kitchen, increase that number. Youll be surprised by the quality of dishes you can make right in your own kitchen. Get some of my favorite healthy recipes here.
21. Stock pile healthy snacks at home
See no evil, eat no evil. Its hard to resist temptation when it comes to foods so eliminate it instead! Keep your cabinets and refrigerator stocked with fresh, healthy snacksso theyrefront and center. One trick I love is washing fresh fruits and veggies as soon as I get home from the store and storing them in glass or nice bowls on the counter or refrigerator shelf. It keeps them visible so you rememberto eat them!
Plus, whenever I need a snack, theyre already prepped. To make it a little easier to start, here are sometips forhealthy eating on a budget. You can also take along my healing dietshopping listthe next time you hit the supermarket.
22. Make a menu
If youre constantly find yourself thinking, I have nothing to eat or I dont know what to make, preparing a menu is for you. Similarly, many diets may give you a plan in the beginning but then ask you to repeat the menu. Most of us like variety so it might be time to create your own menu.
Choose your favorite recipes and decide what you want to serve for meals a week at a time. Write out the ingredients youll need and take that list with you when you shop. Youll have all the ingredients on hand to make nutritious meals for the week.
Bonus: Save money by choosing meals that use in-season produce and combining your meals with your local grocery stores sales flyer. And dont forget about leftovers! Use them to create new meals (for instance, make a stir-fry with leftover cooked meats and veggies) or have a weekly night where all the leftovers get put out and everyone in the family can eat their favorites again.
23. Slow down!
When you eat fast, its easy to overeat. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to register that itsfull. While you chew, your brain is processing that you are eating, and chewing releases enzymes for pre-digestion in your saliva to start the digestion process.
So begin mindful eating, chewing slowly and enjoying the flavor of your food! This process will ensure that you not only consume fewer calories, it also eases digestion and helps your brain to catch up with your body. If you have trouble eating slowly, try putting down your fork or spoon in between bites.
24. Let go of the grains
Even though grains have been promoted as healthy starches, consuming them is one of the fastest ways to pack on the pounds. Plus as you probably know by now, the gluten found in most grains can increase inflammation in yourbody and put a strain on your digestive system. And store-bought bread often has added high fructose corn syrup, sugar and preservatives.
Grains contain large amounts of carbohydrates, which break down into sugar thatyour body will store as fat. So my advice is to keep your grain consumption down to one serving or less daily. And when you do eat grains, eat only sprouted grains or quinoa, and load up on vegetables!
25. Dont shop on an empty stomach
Does this situation sound familiar? You have the best of intentions to fill the grocery cart with lots of produce and healthy protein. But halfway through your shopping trip, your stomach starts growling and all of a sudden those potato chips are looking a lot more appealing than normal. Well, its happened to us all.
The best solution? Fill up before you go! When youre not fighting hunger pangs, its a lot easier to make healthy choices.
26. Make healthy swaps
Eating clean doesnt mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Instead, think of ways to healthify them yourself! Is dip your weakness? Try this spicy bean dip. Are Fridays your pizza night? Make a coconut crust pizza instead. I guarantee theyll be delicious, satisfy your cravings and help you feel great!
27. Dont supersize
No, Im not talking about fast food in fact, pleasecut outANY fast food, which relies on terrible ingredients and excessive sodium, from your diet. But simply speaking, there are going to be times that you are in a situation where you are in a position to eat something that is usually off-the-menu for healthy eating. So, instead of binging on these foods, keep your goals in mind and nibble on smaller amounts.
Are you at a party with hors doeuvres and appetizers you just cant turn down?Decide youll eat just one type of bite-sized food and turn down the rest. Or, is your office having a pizza party and the smell of cheesy goodness is too hard to resist? Pick the slice loaded with veggies, enjoy and then turn away.
28. Add in some fat-burning herbs
Most diets barely discuss herbs, but adding in some healthy herbs to whatever eating plant youre onmay be just what you need to lose weight fast! Studies have shown that herbs like cayenne pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and dandelion may all help promote weight loss. (7)
You can add a bit of cayenne pepper to season chicken or dips, use turmeric when making burgers or sprinkle it on a salad, put 1/2 teaspoonof cinnamon in your smoothie and drink a hot cup of dandelion tea in the morning for breakfast.
Believe me, this really works! Because the same serving of food looks like less food on larger plates, trick your brain into eating less by serving your main dish on salad-sized plates instead of dinner ones. (8)
I switched out all my large dinner plates with salad plates for a while. And it is amazing how a medium-sized plate of food felt more satisfying when I cleaned it. When you combine this with eating slower and more intentionally, you will enjoy your food more and eat less!
30. Do a cleanse or detox
Doing a short cleanse or detox is one of the best ways to lose weight fast. Whether it be a few days or weeks, doing something like a vegetable juice cleanse or the Daniel fastis highly effective. Another simple way to cleanse is by starting to drink thisSecret Detox Drink.
31. Make a better breakfast
Start your day on the right foot and fuel your body with a hearty breakfast. Itll give you energy in those first few hours youre awake. Plus, since breakfast is the firstmeal of the day, youll have all day to burn those calories. Tired of the same old eggs and toast? Try some of these delicious breakfast recipes.
32. Go crazy for coconuts
When consumed as part of a low-carb diet, along with the avocado, coconut is one of the best weight loss foods in the world today. Coconut contains MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids) that your body can easily burn as fuel for energy.
To get more coconut into your diet, switch out the other oils in your home for coconut oil, add coconut milk into your morning smoothie, use coconut flakes to crust chicken tenders and drink coconut water to stay hydrated during your next workout.
33. Dont drink your calories
Creamy, foamy drinks might taste delicious, but they can have enough calories to serve as an entire meal and thats not even taking into account the amount of sugar and preservatives they contain. Make your own healthier versions instead. From pumpkin spice lattes to spiced hot apple cider, theres a nutritious alternative for most high-calorie beverages
34. Choose healthy fats
Not all fat is created equal. The fats found in foods likeavocados, nutsand dark chocolate are actually good for you and they taste delicious! Enjoy them on a regular basis to reap their health benefits but dont go overboard because they are calorie dense.
35. Bring your own foods
Its your Aunt Mildreds birthday and, while youre committed to healthy eating, the rest of your family hasnt gotten there yet. Instead of chowing down on fried, unhealthy foods or being rude and turning down everything thats offered, a great compromise is to bring a dish along to share (after clearing it with the host, of course).
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Posted: October 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm
If youre a sports fan, youve probably heard of human growth hormone more commonly known as HGH and associate it with cheating and steroid use. However, did you know that HGH is a natural testosterone booster thats produced on its own and provides many important benefits? Its true.
Human growth hormoneis naturally produced in the pituitary gland and plays a vital role in cell regeneration, growth and maintaining healthy human tissue, including that of the brain and various vital organs. Once secreted, HGH remains active in the bloodstream for a few minutes, allowing just enough time for the liver to convert it into growth factors, the most crucial being insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which has growth-promoting properties on every cell in the body.
The study of human growth hormone is a little more than 100years old, and synthetic human growth hormone was first developed in the 1980s and approved by the FDA for specific uses in adults and children. (1) Lets find out why.
Human growth hormonecan be injected in larger doses to promote weight loss and increase muscle size while a small doses can be used for general recovery, health and ignite the anti-aging process. Presently, there isa growing list of benefits of HGH treatment in children, adolescents and adults, such as:
1. Increased Muscle Strength
Human growth hormone has been known to improve physical capacity of individuals through stimulating collagen synthesis in the skeletal muscle and tendons, increasing muscle strength and improving exercise performance as a result.
In the International Journal of Endocrinology, a study with 14healthy men at the ages of 50to 70were randomized into two groups. Seven subjects were administered HGH therapy withseven placebo subjects, and they were re-evaluated after six months. After six months, there was a significant increase in the leg press responsiveness muscles in the growth hormone group.
Overall, the study concluded an increased muscle strength in the lower body after human growth hormone was administered in healthy men. In HGH-deficient adults, participants who were administered long-term HGH therapy experienced normalization of muscle strength, increased exercise capacity, and improved thermoregulation and body composition. (2)
2. Better Fracture Healing
Numerous of local growth factors and hormones are responsible for regulating mineral and bone metabolism, along with fracture healing. Administration of human growth hormone has been shown to speed up the regeneration of bone, making it a key part of bone healing. Applying growth factors like IGF-1 isknown to stimulate the metabolism of bone.
In a study published in the journal BONE, growth hormone was systemically applied to recombinant species-specific rats by subcutaneous injections and was compared to the placebo group. As a result, the local growth factor application revealed a stronger effect on fracture healing than the systemic human growth hormone injection. These observations suggest that the local application of growth hormone speeds up fracture healing significantly without systemic adverse effects. (3)
Human growth hormone plays a crucial role in the repair of wear and tear and expedites healing. Researchers have reported the beneficial effects of HGH in enhancing the healing of injuries and wounds significantly. A randomized, controlled, double-blinded study forsix months of HGH therapy or placebo in 28healthy older men with low baseline plasma IGF-1 was conducted at the University of Californias Department of Medicine. As a result, healthy older men who were administered growth hormone had enhanced collagen deposition during the wound-healing process, helping the healing process. (4)
3. EnhancedWeight Loss
Obese individuals have limited response to growth hormone stimuli release, and after successful reduction of weight, growth hormone responsiveness can bepartial or complete. Growth hormone accelerates lipolysis,the breakdown of lipids and involves hydrolysis of triglycerides into glycerol and free fatty acids, and impaired secretion of human growth hormone leads to loss of lipolytic effect.
Dietary restrictions and growth hormone treatment effects on anabolic and lipolytic actions as well as the changes in growth hormone secretions and insulin wereinvestigated in a study published in Hormone Research. Twenty-four obese participants were on a hypocaloric diet and treated with recombinant human growth hormone or a placebo in a double-blinded, 12-week randomized study. As a result, growth hormone treatment caused a 1.6-fold increase in weight loss, with thegreatest loss being visceral fat compared to the placebo.
In the placebo group, lean body mass was lost, whereas lean body mass was gained in the growth hormone group. This study suggests that in obese participants who eata caloric-restriction diet, growth hormone accelerates the loss of body fat and improves growth hormone secretion. Thus, human growth hormone can serve a therapeutic role tohelp obese people lose weight. (5)
4. Stronger Bones
The pituitary gland stimulates the release of growth hormone and is essential for regulating bone growth, especially during puberty. Growth hormone stimulates the production of IGF-1, which is produced in the liver and released in the blood. With age, human growth hormone decreases and may be the cause of older individuals not being able to form or replace bone rapidly. The IGF-1/growth hormone duo stimulates bone-forming and bone-resorbing cells, leading to increased bone mass. (6)
5. Reduced Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Adults who are growth hormone-deficient have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, leading to decreased life expectancy. In Sweden,104patients who are growth hormone-deficient were studied for cardiovascular disease risk. These patients had higher body mass and triglyceride concentrations compared to controls. These results suggest lipoprotein metabolism is altered by growth hormone deficiency, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. (7)
6. Improvement in Erectile Dysfunction
Its been suggested in recent studies that human growth hormone is responsible for male reproductive function and sexual maturation while deficiency is associated with loss of sexual erection and desire. Thirty-five healthy adult men and 45participants with erectile dysfunction were exposed to tactile and visual stimuli in order to elicit penile tumescence in a German study. The increase in growth hormone was greater than 90percentasdetermined during developing penile tumescence, followed by a transient decrease afterward.
This study suggests that penile erection maybe induced by growth hormone through its stimulating activity on human corpus cavernosum smooth muscle, making it a potential natural remedy for impotence. (8)
7. Decreased Obesity
Insulin resistance and visceral/abdominal obesity are commonin adults with hormone growth deficiency. Abdominal obesity is prevalent in individuals who show low growth hormone and insulin-like growth hormone serum concentrations as well. Human growth hormone treatment has demonstrated positive results in adults who are growth hormone-deficient in treating obesity naturally.
Thirtymen ages 4866with abdominal/visceral obesity were treated with recombinant human growth hormone in a nine-month, randomized, double-blind study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Abdominal and visceral adipose tissue decreased along with diastolic blood pressure, and improved insulin sensitivity wasone of the favorable benefits of human growth hormone found. (9)
8. Better Mood and Cognitive Function
Quality of life and psychological well-being arerestored when growth hormone therapy in growth hormone-deficient adults isadministered. A Lithuanian study investigated the changes in cognitive function, mood and concentration from baseline after six months of treatment with human recombinant growth hormone. Eighteen adult patients with HGH deficiencyparticipated in the study, and growth hormone was administered in 12 IU per week.
As a result, cognitive function and mood significantly increased after six months of therapy, according to mood scales. This study suggests that administering growth hormone can be a possible treatment option to improve cognitive function and mood in adults who are growth hormone-deficient. (10)
9. Better Sleep
The majority of the growth hormone pulsatile secretion happens just after the onset of sleep and continues to rise when the first hours of sleep are reached. Individuals who are going through sleep deprivation, such as people who work the night shift or late studiers, can be affected negatively throughout the day. Lack of sleep alters pituitary and hypothalamus function, further altering growth hormone release time.
When sleep was deprived for 24 to 36hours in a study conducted by the University of Chicagos Department of Medicine, human growth hormone release was drastically decreased and noticeably decreased in growth hormone peak values at night. The 24-hour pulse rate of growth hormone became random and more frequent throughout these waking hours. This study suggests that sleep deprivation can reduce growth hormone release the morning after and can severely disturb and alter the sleep-wake cycle. (11)
Signs and symptoms of growth hormone deficiency vary with age, and children can have different symptoms than an adult. Childrenbeing significantly shorter than children their age and grow less than two inches per year are common symptoms of growth hormone deficiency. Children with normal levels grow about 2.5 inches a year from age 1until they hit puberty, when they can grow up to four inches a year. However, a decline in human growth hormone does not have any impact on a childs intelligence.
Other symptoms of growth hormone deficiency in children include: (12)
Adults may experience a combination of symptoms from human growth hormone deficiency, including: (13)
More women are now using HGH for its anti-aging and weight-loss properties. Deficiency in human growth hormone in women is due to pituitary gland not producing enough HGH.
In women, human growth hormone levels start to decline in their early 20s, and signs of HGH deficiency include dry skin, thinning hair, greater belly fat and the development of wrinkles.
Its been reported in studies that women secrete greater amounts of growth hormone than men, despite having similar reference ranges of serum IGF-1. Recently, there are significant clinical differences in the responses of HGH treatment in adults with HGH deficiency and a need to adjust the dose of recombinant human growth hormone. Adequate HGH levels help women improve an appropriate body-fat ratio and elasticity in skin. Risk of osteoporosis is reduced when HGH levels in women are balanced. Intramuscular HGH injections can helpnormalize sleep patterns, improved skin elasticity, help loseexcess fat and enhance the immune system.
Men are likely to feel the first signs of aging after 35old, such as loss of libido, weakness, baldness and memory loss. Human growth hormone has a positive impact on men, giving them the physical ability to perform in sports, which is why men often go through HGH treatment during intense training. Men who are treated with HGH experience reduction of fat, skin tightening, hair becomes healthier and thicker, and erectile dysfunction is corrected. (14)
1. High-Intensity Exercise
Its well-documented in variou studies that exercise-induced growth hormone response increases HGH secretion. Research suggests that the exercise-induced growth hormone plus endurance exercise associated with load, intensity, duration and frequency are the determining factors in the regulation of HGH secretion.
An exercise intensity above lactate threshold and for a minimum of 10minutes elicits the greatest stimulus to the secretion of HGH. HIIT workouts areeffective in promoting beneficial well-being, health and positive training outcomes, while stimulating HGH. (15)
Supplementing with L-glutamine is known for enhancing exercise performance, maintaining acid-base balance and increasing the storage of glycogen in muscle. In an Iranian study, 30healthy non-athlete males were randomly divided into placebo and glutamine supplementation groups and put through an eight-week resistance training program. Both groups performed the same weight training program three days a week for eight weeks. Both groups increased in performance, but the glutamine groups showed greater increases in lower- and upper-body strength, explosive muscle power, blood testosterone, IGF-1, and HGH compared to the placebo group. (16)
Most studies have shown when administering oral L-arginine to participants, arginine alone increases the resting growth hormone levels at least 100percent, while exercise can increase growth hormone levels by 300 percentto 500percent. (17)
According to a study in the 2008 issue of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine (A-GPC) might increase human growth hormone levels. Participants who consumed 600 milligrams of A-GPC two hours before resistance exercise had increased HGH levels post-exercise compared to those given a placebo. (18)
Researchers Stanley Tan and Lee Berk at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., observed that two hormones, human growth hormone and endorphins, were increased by27 percentand 87 percent, respectively, when participants anticipated watching a humorous video. (19)
6. Liver Detox
HGH stimulates the liver into producing IGF-1, which is released into the body to stimulate the production of cells that are responsible for cell proliferation, increased muscle mass and increased energy. An individual would never experience the full benefits HGH has to offer if experiencing poor liver function, cirrhosis, fatty liver and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. (20) Thus, if you naturally want to increase HGH, you should go on a liver cleanse.
7. Vitamin C
Studies have observed the correlation of reduced vitamin C concentration in decreased growth hormone secretion, obese patients, increased waist-hip ratio and increased heart disease risk, which is why consuming more vitamin C foods may help increase HGH. (21)
Unfortunately, HGH has side effects. Major side effects include enlargement of the fingers and toes, skeletal changes, growth of the orbit, and lengthening of the jaw. The internal organs also can enlarge, and cardiomegaly is often one of the causes of death associated with HGH abuse.
Since skeletal muscle increases in size, there are often complaints of muscle weakness and occasional feeling of pins and needles sensation, known as carpal tunnel syndrome, which are particularly observed by individuals who take daily doses of four IU of HGH or higher. Individuals also notice fingers feeling swollen or face feeling fuller at doses of four IU and above. This side effect is temporary and has been shown to goaway when the dose is lowered within two weeks after the cycle is discontinued. (22)
Another consequence of increased protein synthesis during HGH abuse includeschanges to the skin, such as thickening and coarsening, known as elephant epidermis. The combination of side effects, particularly cardiomegaly, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, usually contributes to a shortened life span in those suffering from overproduction of HGH. (23)
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