Dr. Dawn Ericsson, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. E’s Health Update: Human Growth Hormone

Discover why optimizing growth hormone levels are essential as we age.

Hi friends, 

Did you know that the human body continues to grow long after achieving maturity? We might not get any taller, but the body is continually “maintaining” itself by repairing and replacing tissue and bone. One of the essential tools used to conduct this ongoing maintenance is human growth hormone. Unfortunately, production of this key hormone can tail off as we age. 

Human growth hormone (HGH) is an essential hormone that is responsible for growth, cell regeneration, and maintaining healthy body composition. While it is crucial during childhood and adolescence for proper growth and development, its role remains important throughout adulthood. As we age, maintaining optimal levels of growth hormone becomes increasingly vital for various aspects of health and well-being, including:

Muscle Mass and Strength:
Adequate levels of growth hormone help preserve muscle mass and strength, which are essential for overall physical function and maintaining an active lifestyle.
Bone Health:
Growth hormone contributes to bone health by stimulating bone growth and mineralization. Optimal levels of growth hormone can help prevent age-related bone loss and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Metabolism Regulation:
Growth hormone plays a role in regulating metabolism, including the breakdown of fats and the regulation of insulin levels. Maintaining appropriate growth hormone levels can help support a healthy metabolism and body composition.
Cognitive Function:
Some research suggests that growth hormone may play a role in cognitive function and mood regulation. Optimal levels of growth hormone may help support cognitive health and emotional well-being.
Cardiovascular Health:
Growth hormone has been implicated in the maintenance of cardiovascular health, including the regulation of heart function and blood vessel integrity. Maintaining optimal levels of growth hormone may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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