Take the following Quiz to find out if you need HGH:
- Are you finding it difficult to concentrate or to focus?
- Are you not as interested in sex?
- Are your relationships suffering or is your libido low?
- Are you having a more difficult time remembering things?
- Are you feeling tired, lethargic or stressed all day?
- Are you struggling to finish tasks or goals?
- Does it seem like you’ve lost your motivation?
- Are you feeling easily irritated, angry or upset?
- Are you often feeling sleepy or exhausted during the day?
- Are your muscles getting flabby and loose? Are you losing your figure?
- Are you often feeling lonely, sad or withdrawn?
- Are you feeling more timid or shy than you used to be?
- Are you having trouble sleeping through the night or having night sweats?
- Have you gained more weight suddenly, especially around the belly?
- Is your skin looking more wrinkled; are your hair and nails feeling dryer?
If you answered yes to 5 or more of the above, you should consult an HRT Specialist, so give us a call.
How do I know if I have an HGH Deficiency?
Growth Hormone Blood Testing is used to diagnose Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD).
A serum growth hormone blood test or Somatotropin (STH) lab test can be ordered by your endocrinologist or hormone therapy doctor. The blood test is performed while you are fasting. IGF-1 levels in your blood stream will be measured. In order for your doctor to decide if you need an HGH blood test, you’ll also need a physical exam from your doctor. An HGH Lab Test can help you and your physician decide whether you need HGH replacement with prescription growth hormone, or if an HGH releaser, such as Sermorelin, will be enough to increase your own natural levels of HGH. If you’re experiencing low HGH symptoms, our hormone therapy center can arrange the test to check the amount of growth hormone in your blood. Contact our medical office at Optimal Health MD and ask for the HGH Serum Test, or simply GH, HGH, or Human Growth Hormone deficiency test. You can then visit a local Doctor for a physical and a hormone testing lab near you.
What are Normal HGH Levels
Women have about 10 nanograms per milliliter of natural GH circulating in the blood, while men have 5. These HGH levels peak around puberty and start to decrease in your 20’s. By the time you reach 40, HGH has decreased enough to cause a hormonal deficiency and symptoms of hormonal imbalance begin to show.
Growth Hormone (GH) Level Chart
- Men – 5 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) (226 pmol/L)
- Women – 10 ng/mL (452 pmol/L)
- Children – 20 ng/mL (904 pmol/L)
* pmol = picomoles per liter
Keep in mind that at Optimal health MD we believe in helping our patients obtain Optimal hormonal levels, as opposed to just reaching ‘normal’ levels.
What is Human Growth Hormone?
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is produced by the pituitary gland. It’s responsible for growth in children and adolescents. It also helps to regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar (glucose) and fat metabolism, as well as immune system and heart function. Being an anabolic compound, it’s responsible for cell growth and regeneration. Normal HGH levels increase lean muscle mass and bone density while maintaining and repairing bodily tissues, cells and organs, including those of the brain, heart and sex organs. HGH is secreted in bursts or pulses at night. When secreted, HGH remains active in the bloodstream for just a few minutes. During this short time in the bloodstream, the liver converts HGH into growth factors (IGF-1 and IGF-2 insulin-like growth factors). These growth factors have anabolic properties. Before injectable HGH was produced, scientists harvested HGH from cadavers from the pituitary glands, which had adverse side effects.
Is Human Growth Hormone an Anabolic Steroid?
You may be asking, is HGH a steroid? Although HGH has anabolic properties, it’s not a steroid like testosterone. Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that are testosterone derivatives, and usually highly androgenic and anabolic. Human Growth Hormone or somatropin, is bio-identical to the HGH produced naturally in your body. An amino acid instrumental in human development, HGH is a 191-amino acid, single-chain polypeptide that is synthesized, stored, and secreted by somatotropic cells within anterior pituitary gland.
The Science behind HGH or Somatropin for Injection
Human Growth Hormone is made up of 191 amino acids and is the largest protein produced by the pituitary gland. Proteins consist of building blocks known as amino acids. HGH is genetically engineered, using the same genetic engineering used for insulin, from the same 191 amino acids. Scientists cloned the 191 amino acids and put them together in the same order of the DNA for that of HGH. It’s 100 percent identical – physically, chemically and biologically – to the HGH made by your body’s pituitary gland.
Human Growth Hormone Injections
Somatropin, or Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Somatropin is a manufactured form of somatotropin, or growth hormone (GH), a substance that is produced naturally in the human body. An exact replica of natural GH, Somatropin can be prescribed by one of our Endocrine Specialists, providing you with natural or bio-identical HGH Therapy.
The Three Major Effects of HGH Treatment
There are three positive major effects of HGH:
- First, HGH promotes new muscle cells development. Genetics determines a person’s number of muscle cells. GH secretion levels decline and muscle cell development stops after puberty. At this point in life, weight training to increase the size of the muscle cells is the only way to increase muscle mass.
Steroids and HGH are different. Steroids increase the size of muscle cells, mostly through water weight. Alternatively, HGH increases only lean muscle mass, where the weight gain is slow, about one to two pounds of lean muscle every two to three weeks. However, a person can develop new muscle cells by taking HGH and can alter their genetic capabilities and reach results that aren’t possible without HGH treatment.
- Secondly, HGH treatment increases energy and metabolism, which helps burn fat and lose weight. Youth and puberty are the time when GH is produced in the body naturally at its highest levels. This is why children and young adults have high levels of energy. The amount of HGH that a body produces and secretes decreases as a person ages, especially during menopause in women and andropause in men (male menopause).
Energy levels and metabolism can increase by supplementing HGH. HGH will help you feel energized and burn fat better. In fact, HGH is a precursor to IGF-1; IGF-1 secretion is caused by HGH secretion. IGF-1 forces your body to use energy from your fat reserves instead of from the food you consume. Even during inactive periods, there’s substantial weight loss because of this.
- Thirdly, HGH treatment helps improve mood, sleep and libido. Patients taking HGH injections find they have a better quality of life because they have a sense of well-being, sleep better and have improved sex drives leading to more frequent sex. For men, HGH therapy combined with Testosterone therapy will help you feel younger, look better and live life with increased energy and enthusiasm.
At Optimal Health MD we offer natural or Bio-identical HGH Therapy, and with over 20,000 patients nationwide, we can provide you the best service and prices for HGH injections. Our Physicians are Cenegenics® and Cleveland Clinic® trained and we have an A+ Rating with the BBB. Our HGH Physicians carefully listen to you and they are experts in the fields of endocrinology, age management and hormone therapy.