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HGH: Can The Effects Of Aging Be Reversed?

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What if I told you that you could grow older and not lose your present vitality, appearance and function? Or, if you are no longer young, how about going back 10 to 20 years? You would probably think that I am fantasizing or joking. Because, like most people, you probably believe that getting older and aging are one and the same. Of course, as we grow older we also age. But there is a subtle difference between these two conditions. Growing older simply means that you have lived more years. Aging means a slow deterioration of function, appearance and body composition.

As we age, we start gaining weight, especially around the waist. Skin becomes wrinkled, muscles become weaker, internal organs start to shrink and fail, leading to decreased function and eventually to a disease. Aging is a process of becoming frail, sick, weak and unable to take care of yourself, with death as the final outcome. Well, let me share with you something so revolutionary that most people initially refuse to accept it: "Getting older does not equal aging!"

Incredible though it may seem, the slow deterioration in appearance and function that we call "normal aging" is not imbedded in our genes. It is not our fate, and it doesn’t have to happen simply because we now accept it as the norm. The history of mankind is full of examples of events that were accepted without questions as part of normal human life and development.

At the turn of the century, life expectancy of 35-40 years was the norm. People died from tuberculosis, syphilis and other diseases that are now curable, and this was accepted as just a part of life. There was simply nothing that could be done. But advances in science and medicine have eliminated all of these "normal" ideas, replacing them with new ones that would have shocked our ancestors; just as it may shock you to think that getting older doesn’t mean that you have to age.

Why Do We Age?
Scientific research has identified a number of reasons for "normal aging". All of them are modifiable to a certain degree, which means that we can slow down this process by changing some aspects of our behavior.

1. Wear and tear - the body and its cells are damaged by overuse and abuse. As time goes on, waste products of the cellular activity are not adequately removed by the detoxification system. They clog up normal channels of communication, receptors on the cell walls, enzymes, and other important structures. This leads to decreased function of our maintenance and repair mechanisms, which means that aging structures are no longer repaired and replaced adequately. Improved detoxification may increase useful life of the cells and tissues of the body.

2. Free radical damage - Free radicals are unstable molecules that are produced as a result of cellular metabolism and energy production. They are highly toxic to cellular components and DNA, inflicting damage that eventually overwhelms the ability of the cell to repair itself.

3. The hormonal balance - This is the most exciting discovery as to why we age, because now we can control our own hormonal levels. Latest scientific research has shown that the body’s maintenance, repair and regulating systems are damaged as key hormones drop to low levels. The aging process itself is linked to the declining levels of hormones.

Most hormones reach their peak when a person is about 20-25 years old, and then decline every year thereafter. By age 50, the levels of many hormones are lower than they were during puberty! This problem can be solved, however, by a replacement therapy designed to re-establish the individual hormonal levels that we had in our youth.

The word "hormones" may have negative connotations for many people. We've all heard too many stories about people using hormones indiscriminately and developing all kinds of problems as a result. However, there is a reason why the body goes to a great deal of trouble to produce various hormones. The reason is pretty simple - hormonal balance is essential to good health and longevity. It is not a coincidence that when we have the highest levels of hormones, usually in our 20's, we are also in the best of health.

Special organs, called endocrine glands, produce hormones in our bodies. Each hormone has a number of actions. Examples of various hormones are DHEA, pregnenolone, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormone and some others. By far the most important is the Human Growth Hormone (HGH). It is produced by the pituitary gland and has such a wide range of beneficial effects on the body that some experts refer to it as "the fountain of youth".

Who Can Benefit From Increased HGH Levels?
The levels of HGH are the highest in teenagers, reaching 1,000 to 1,100 ng/ml in kids between 12 to 16 years of age. By the age of 18, the levels drop to 700, while in most 40 year olds 400 to 500 is the norm. After the age of 55 you are lucky to have between 90 to 250. I have seen many 40 and 50 year olds whose levels were under 100!

In most studies concerning HGH, the goal was to achieve a level that is normal for a healthy 40-year-old, around 400-500. It is safe to say that most people over 40 will need some help in raising their HGH levels and if you are over 50, you definitely require supplementation.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.