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The Effects of HGH on Collagen Production

While society has been conditioned to use several brands of anti-aging skincare creams, others have broken away and found a new way of increasing collagen production to look and feel younger. The answer is human growth hormone, also known as HGH, which are delivered through injections.

Collagen is a type of protein that the body produces that works with keratin to give smoothness, strength, and elasticity to skin. As a child you have an abundance of collagen in your body, which is why you probably had shiny hair and clear skin, and no issues with skin elasticity. The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. Collagen is found in the second layer, the dermis, and the molecules are bundled together throughout that layer of skin, all over the body, which is what gives us all the youthful look we begin to seek as we age.

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Human Growth Hormone boosts collagen production which keeps your skin young and elastic.

Known as the cement that holds everything together by way of collagen production, Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is an important protein that the human body needs, but does not always get as a result of aging. The natural decrease in male and female hormones (testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, among others, can decrease the body’s natural ability to create collagen, and HGH can help to reverse or stop this process. As we get older, our bodies produce less and less collagen, which produces the sagging skin, wrinkles on the face, and the dull hair we generally begin to notice as we approach our sixties and seventies. For some, based on health, mental wellbeing, diet, alcohol intake, smoking or chewing tobacco, collagen levels may begin to decline sooner and at a more rapid pace, and HGH can be the answer to reversing the effects these substances and lifestyle choices have had on collagen production.

To stave off the effects of collagen depletion within the human body, the cosmetics industry has marketed hundreds of skin creams, serums, and other skincare products to help combat the signs of aging—and millions of people spend huge sums of money every year on the skincare brands that are by and large promising the same (or similar) results that only HGH can have on collagen production in the body. So do these creams actually work? Maybe temporarily at best, but they tend to fade after a certain amount of time and cannot create long-term results as we continue to age and as collagen continues to naturally diminish.

Human growth hormone is naturally produced in the body by the pituitary gland, which is responsible for regulating human growth in all of us. In addition to aiding in the production of collagen, HGH also regulates heart function, fat and sugar metabolism, and even body temperature. Since the natural production of human growth hormone and collagen slow down as we grow older, taking an extra boost of human growth hormone can help better maintain collagen, muscles and skin, as well as boosting metabolism. Pairing human growth hormone with collagen will make you feel as though you’re a young adult again, even as you’re climbing that hill towards middle age.

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HGH/Collagen products are becoming more widely available.

Even though HGH is on the rise and widely accepted in many circles in today’s culture for collagen production (among other needs), and is used by hundreds of celebrities and athletes, its legal status has many gray areas. It is actually still illegal to distribute human growth hormone if it isn’t going to be used for medical reasons as prescribed by a doctor. Yes, you can still buy supplements—albeit synthetic substitutes—doctors can prescribe authentic human growth hormone if they feel that your desire for and/or potential medical condition makes HGH a viable option for your unique needs.

While some people are not fond of taking human growth hormone by injection for collagen production, researchers have created another option. Instead of injecting HGH directly into the body, patients take a supplement that is a combination of human growth hormone and amino acids that gently stimulate the body’s natural human growth hormone production, resulting in the same smooth skin collagen helps to create, as well as an overall better sense of wellbeing.

Either way, taking human growth hormone supplements has had positive results on most people striving to produce more collagen, with some users experiencing more rapid positive results and others experiencing slower (but equally as good) long term results. After just a few injections of human growth hormone, most people show signs of tighter skin and better overall skin tone. Brighter eyes, increased endurance, and increased metabolism, are also important and meaningful results created by HGH that many people who are nearing midlife or just wanting to feel and look a little younger are interested in.

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Muscle-loss study could be key to weight loss and anti-aging

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A recent discovery by researchers in Singapore may be the key to developing new drugs to burn fat, cure common diabetes and even slow down the effects of aging.  The study by researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) looked at the body’s mechanisms of muscle loss due to aging and illness. What they discovered is that a molecule called Myostatin is responsible for muscle deterioration.

Myostatin binds to muscle cells and causes a drop in the cell’s mitochondria (a necessary part of a cell’s energy production). This leads to atrophy of the muscles because of the lack of energy in the cells. In healthy and young people, this cycle of myostatin depressing the mitochondria is a necessary function of muscle cells in order for them to regenerate new cells. However, people who are sick experience higher levels of myostatin and the related atrophy. As we age, myostain levels increase as well.

“If we block myostatin from binding to cells, then muscles won’t waste away and we can then mitigate the effects of aging and chronic diseases,” said Associate Professor Ravi Kambadur from the NTU School of Biological Sciences.

In addition to regulating growth and loss of muscle, myostatin is also responsible for deciding whether the body will burn either stored fat or available carbohydrates. When myostatin is present in the cells, the body will burn available carbohydrates and continue to store fat. However, when myostatin is blocked, the body will burn fat.

“In near future, myostatin blockers could increase fat utilisation in the body and give you the benefits of exercise, without actually doing intense physical activity,” Professor Kambadur said. “This would be a good alternative treatment for people who are unable to exercise, such as those who are bed-ridden or are in cancer treatment, who are most at risk of massive muscle loss.”

A myostatin-blocker could be the answer to the obesity epidemic and be a cure for diabetes caused by being obese. Although a myostatin-blocking drug is years from development and commercial or medical availability, the NTU study has revealed some helpful information that can be used today – poeple who exercise regularly have a natural low level of myostatin.

The Testopel pellets are quite small and slowly dissolve over the 3 months.

Testopel, the ideal testosterone replacement

by Dr Gary Bellman, Board Certified Urologist, Member Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

The first question is if testosterone replacement is right for you. If the answer is yes then the next question is what is the best method. The methods that I have used include topical gels and creams, injections and pellets. Over the last number of years I have been underwhelmed with the results with the topical application of testosterone. Unfortunately many men do not absorb the gel or cream well. In addition these products can be smelly and sticky as well as expensive and carry the risk of transferring the testosterone to a partner. Injections work well, however they need to be administered weekly or sometimes twice a week.

In addition, as men are a rather non-compliant group, many men skip applications of testosterone and thus the levels fall. The goal of testosterone replacement is to maintain steady levels to achieve the best results.

I now prefer the placement of testosterone pellets, called Testopel. These tiny pellets are placed under the skin and maintain excellent levels of testosterone for 3 months.

The placement takes 3-4 minutes in the office with no suturing and is relatively painless. This allows men who are interested in testosterone replacement to come to the office 4 times a year and don’t need to worry about anything else.

Testopel may be the ideal method of testosterone replacement.

The Testopel pellets are quite small and slowly dissolve over the 3 months.The skin is quickly numbed with a local anesthetic.

A row of pellets are placement under the skin.

The skin is quickly numbed with a local anesthetic.

The small trocar (tube) is placed through a tiny puncture in the skin and the pellets are carefully placed.

The pellets are placed under the skin and fat layer and generally are not felt.

After the procedure there is a tiny puncture of the skin that heals in a few days without suturing.

Small strips are placed over the site with no recovery needed.

Every man has different needs as far as his dose on the number of pellets. It depends on one’s age, body size and level of activity. I generally start around 12 pellets but for younger more active guys up to 16 or even higher may be necessary. Blood tests after 2 months of the pellet insertion helps guide the dose for the next insertion. It is important to check not only the testosterone levels but the estradiol (female hormone) as well as the blood count (CBC) and PSA (prostate).

 


Dr. Gary Bellman, M.D., is a Board Certified Urologist, interested in Testosterone replacement and men’s heath. He attended medical school at McGill University, did a fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and has taught at UCLA for many years. He is currently is private practice in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles.

For more information on Dr. Bellman, visit his Websites: http://www.drgarybellman.com/

http://www.uroantiaging.com/

For questions or other inquiries, you may contact Dr. Bellman at gburomd@yahoo.com.