The Human Growth Hormone is often mistaken as something a man takes for TRT. TRT, however, stands for testosterone replacement therapy and obviously HGH and Testosterone is not the same compound. While both are hormones, they perform 2 different functions and work in different ways. However when taken together, testosterone and HGH form part of a Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that fights aging and prevents a host of aging related medical conditions.
What role does the Human Growth Hormone play in a HRT?
HGH is produced by the pituitary gland and is released into the bloodstream. It then travels to the liver and stimulates the production of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1). It directly impacts cell growth, regeneration and DNA synthesis. It was initially used to help children with growth hormone deficiencies grow a few extra inches. But afterwards, people from all walks of life, from pro athletes and body builders to Hollywood actors tapped into the power of HGH’S anti-aging properties.
There are two ways of using HGH on its own; you can either use it in massive doses to improve fat loss and increase muscle size or smaller doses for various facets of your general well being such as improved quality of sleep, faster muscle recovery and for anti-aging. A high dose of HGH should be around 8 ius (international units).
Unless a man is recovering from a really beat up body or, a serious medical condition they should never consider using HGH, unless they are over 40 years. Young men have to take huge HGH amounts to notice anything. But 50 to 60 year olds, on the other hand, respond remarkably well to small doses of HGH. This is because the body produces less HGH as a man gets older. What’s more, at an advanced age, it doesn’t make the body grow, it makes it heal. At a daily dose of about 2 to 4 ius, chronic nagging injuries will slowly disappear or be less intense and your skin will become moister and suppler. It may even start glowing.
What role does testosterone play in a HRT?
Testosterone supplementation in men is one of the fastest growing areas in pharmacology today. The hormone itself is an androgen primarily produced in the testicles of men. Women produce smaller amounts of it in their ovaries and both men and women produce trace amounts of it in the adrenal glands. Low testosterone level is a major concern for many men and millions of Americans currently use a patch, prescription gel or injection to restore their T levels to normal.
Many do this to prevent a condition called hypogonadism. It is clinical condition whereby low levels of serum testosterone are found, often accompanied with specific signs and symptoms. The condition is also referred to as androgen deficiency or andropause when it occurs in older men. The most easily recognised clinical signs of andropause are a decrease in muscle mass and strength, a decrease in bone mass and osteoporosis and an increase in central body fat. Other symptoms, though harder to measure and substantiate also occur. These include a decreased in sexual desire and libido, loss of memory, forgetfulness, anaemia, insomnia, difficulty in concentration and a diminished sense of well being.
Restoring T levels to within the normal range by using T replacement therapy can improve many of the effects of hypogonadism. Some of the benefits of TRT include:
* Improved sexual desire, function and performance
* Improved bone mineral density
* Improved body composition, strength and muscle mass
* Improved moods, energy and quality of life
* Improved cognitive function
* Decreased risk of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
* Decreased risk of anaemia
How to determine whether you are a candidate for TRT
There are two ways that practitioner use to determine whether an individual has low testosterone or not. One is a blood test and the other is by characteristic signs and symptoms. Generally, men with the lowest levels of testosterone have the most symptoms while those with high levels have the least. There however are a few who exhibit no symptoms despite having very low testosterone levels in their blood. According to the American Endocrine society, low testosterone is when levels fall below 300 ng/dl.
What forms of testosterone and HGH are used in a HRT formulation?
That testosterone and HGH supply us with many benefits is beyond debate. It is the options for acquiring and using the two that can be a little confusing. HGH is a polypeptide hormone. This means it is composed of a long chain of amino acids, 191 to be exact. There are essentially 4 options for getting HGH into the body: injection, oral intake of HGH in the form of HGH releasers, secretagogues or precursors in the form of pills and powder and non-prescription sprat that contain homeopathic HGH that increase normal HGH production in the pituitary gland.
Testosterone on the other hand, can either be endogenous or exogenous. Testosterone replacement therapy refers to use of exogenous testosterone to treat hypogonadism. Exogenous testosterone is artificially synthesized outside the body. Though not recommended, some people use endogenous testosterone by taking clomiphene citrate (Clomid) to boost the production of natural testosterone, also called endogenous testosterone. This is however, not approved by the FDA which means that only exogenous testosterone, whether delivered orally, as a transdermally, bucally or sublingually, or via subdermall implants is approved for use in testosterone and HGH HRTS.
Taking HGH and Testosterone together
Many people prefer taking HGH and testosterone together since the two work synergistically very well together. A person who is already taking HGH supplementation will enhance the effects of HGH on the body when he combines it with testosterone. However, it is important that a hormone replacement therapy that includes these tow hormone be taken under medical supervision.
This is because the two are related and testosterone has been proven to increase HGH production. HGH will also stimulate the testes into producing testosterone when needed. Working together, the two hormones can produce very positive benefit for the body when working together.
The benefits of HGH and testosterone therapy
Here is a summary of what a testosterone and HGH HRT will do to the body:
* Over a six month period of time, HGH will work alone to burn body fat by increasing metabolism.
* Testosterone on its own will help build muscle mass and increase body strength
* HGH will play a key role in repairing and strengthening tissues, cells, ligaments and muscles.
* HGH tends to be more expensive than testosterone.