Are There Benefits to Treating the Elderly With HGH Therapy
Treating the elderly with HGH Therapy – Researchers have hypothesized about the numerous ways that HGH therapy could offer benefits to treating the elderly. Bedridden patients with muscle loss, patients recovering from broken hips or other broken bones, aiding those who are wasting away, cardiac disease, circulatory problems, and the list goes on. The possibilities were truly endless, and when one study was released excitement grew among the health care community.
However, the New England Journal of Medicine that published the study urged the health care community to proceed with caution since more research was needed. The study included only men, so the result of HGH therapy on women was unknown at that time. The men were injected for six months but the long term effects on a man’s body were unknown, and while the organs and muscles of the men in the study grew larger, there was no proof that they were any healthier or stronger.
In the end the New England Journal of Medicine actually amended the published article to include an editorial statement reading, “Our understanding of growth hormone, its interrelations with other hormones, and its regulation of metabolism is considerable. Although its actions and benefits are fairly clear in children with growth hormone deficiency, they are not at all clear in adults” [source: Vance].
That was back in the 1990’s. Today scams still like to site that study as medical proof of the benefits of HGH. The difference is that today there are many newer and more complex studies that do show the benefits of HGH therapy and some have looked at how HGH therapy can benefit the elderly. Let’s look at some of that research.
Study #1 HGH treatment in elderly patients undergoing elective total hip replacement.
The object of this study was to measure if HGH therapy could prevent postoperative catabolism (Being in a catabolic state for a prolonged period of time can result in major muscle loss and overall decrease in health), which would be of great benefit to the elderly.
The study involved 33 patients between the ages of 60 and 82 who were scheduled for hip replacement. It was a double blind and placebo controlled study. GH or a placebo was administered for 4 week postop. There was a favorable effect on strength in the muscles that were tested. Where the benefits were most noticable were in the 7% increase in strength over the entire study in those receiving HGH while the placebo group saw a 25% decrease in strength.
CONCLUSION: In elderly patients undergoing total hip replacement, preoperative HGH treatment results in improvements in lean body mass and skeletal muscle mass that are sufficient to offset postoperative losses. The treatment may also preserve or improve muscle strength and postoperative walking ability.
You can find the full study at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12519419!
Study #2 Examined the potential benefits of HGH Therapy and the risks in treating hyposomatomedinemia and hypogonadism in elderly men
When a deficiency of growth hormone (GH) or testosterone occurs in men during early or mid-adulthood, hormone replacement is an important consideration. Because of its favorable anabolic, hematopoietic, androgenic, and antiosteopenic effects, there is usually little question that testosterone should be prescribed. Treatment with human GH (HGH), is now also being advocated by some endocrinologists because of its beneficial actions on body composition, work capacity, and quality of life (1-5).
In the physiologic mode only HGH deficient individuals were to be treated and replacement doses of hormone were to be used. The amount of replacement would be the average of what a healthy elderly man would secreted. The study saw a positive response in men treated with HGH therapy compared to the placebo group.
You can find the full study at http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-4612-0807-5_23?LI=true!
Study #3 Examined the Hyposomatomedinemia and hypogonadism in hemiplegic men who live in nursing homes
The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of low serum insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and testosterone in men with poststroke hemiplegia. Old hemiplegic men resemble healthy old men in their IGF-I levels, but they have more cases of severe hypogonadism (total testosterone < 193ng/dL). Because correction of IGF-I and testosterone deficiencies in younger adults improves muscle strength, work capacity, and quality of life, treatment with human growth hormone and testosterone may be a useful adjunct to physical measures in the rehabilitation of selected hemiplegic stroke survivors.
You can find the full study at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8185456
Study #4 Carpal tunnel syndrome and gynecomastia during growth hormone treatment of elderly men with low circulating IGF-I concentrations.
This study studied the relationship between plasma level of insulin-like growth hormone I (IGF-I), changes in lean body mass and in adipose mass, and adverse side-effects during human growth hormone (HGH) treatment of elderly men who had low IGF-I levels. It involves 38 overtly healthy elderly men who had a level of IGF-I that was less than 0.35 units/ml
CONCLUSION: The study showed that when elderly men with low circulating IGF-I concentrations are treated continuously with hGH therapy, elevation of plasma IGF-I above 1.0 units/ml is associated with a substantial frequency of carpal tunnel syndrome or gynaecomastia. It may be that the effects of the hormone in expanding lean body mass and reducing adipose mass can be achieved, and the side-effects avoided, by maintaining the mean IGF-I level in the range 0.5-1.0 units/ml.
Read the full study here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8287568
So what do all these studies mean? Well first we need to recognize that there is a great deal of research being conducted on how HGH might benefit the elderly. Second, many of the studies have had very promising results in the treatment of a number of conditions that affect the elderly. There have also been some adverse side effects, so more study is needed.
HGH supplements are one way that we can all help our bodies produce more HGH naturally. Most of us do not require prescription HGH injections except in the treatment of specific medical conditions, and HGH supplements like Sytropin, Genfx, Provacyl and Genf20 Plus, which are a dietary supplement, are adequate for most to enjoy the benefits of the body producing higher levels of HGH naturally. Read more on the anti aging benefits of HGH supplements here.