We live in a world where everyone seems to be obsessed about physical appearance. We put so much emphasis on aging and envy the likes of Christie Brinkley, Valerie Bertinelli and Toni Braxton. Apparently, these women have found their fountain of youth.
We continuously search for that miracle product to turn back the hands of time. No wonder the anti aging market is a multi billion-dollar industry. We try everything from wrinkle creams and lotions to surgical procedures, non invasive treatments and anti aging medicines.
Anti aging medicines such as HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is supposed to slow down the aging process. This is a synthetic version of a pituitary hormone that is believed to be the future of anti aging. But before you jump into the wagon, you need to understand the facts and the different health risks it poses.
This is definitely something that Hanneke Hops should have done. She was a 56-year old woman who turned to HGH in the hopes of preserving her youth. Her doctor began injecting it into her thighs six times a week, six months later she died. We can’t really say that those series of injections killed Hanneke Hops. However, her liver was full of malignant tumors and the use of this therapy has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. The problem with using this type of treatment is that it is still unproven and the scariest part is it can be lethal.
HGH has been approved to treat people with real growth hormone deficiency. It was not developed to reduce growth hormones due to aging. The purpose of this synthetic human growth hormone is to increase muscle mass and bone density, decrease body fat and improve a person’s exercise capacity.
There aren’t enough studies that will prove the benefits of this therapy to healthier adults. This means that we can’t really rely on the claims that HGH is the answer to being ageless. If you take this synthetic hormone and you don’t need it, you are increasing your chances of joint pain, muscle pain, arms and legs swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome and gynecomastia (enlargement of breast tissue) for men. HGH is also associated with conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Aging is inevitable; it’s a natural process of life. It’s not a medical condition or a monstrosity that should be avoided like the plague. If you have specific concerns about the way you feel, talk to your doctor about proven treatments that will improve your health. Remember that making healthy lifestyle choices is the way to go if you want to feel your best as you age.