Dr. Daniel Rudman, an endocrinologist who is known for his research on aging and metabolism in the elderly, has stated that “the aging process is very complicated and has many aspects.” While it is an inevitable part of life, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to slow down or even reverse the process.
Aging is one of the most studied areas in the medical world, and they have revealed that there are things that people can do to both increase and improve one’s life expectancy:
Working out regularly
It has been proven that people who do some type of cardio had the biological age of people who were almost a decade younger than those who were sedentary.
Cutting back on sugar
By now, we have all heard of the detrimental effects of sugar on the body. Decreasing or completely cutting off sugar give you younger looking skin and can help you to lose weight.
Drinking more water
From helping to flush toxins from the body to hydrating the skin and lubricating the joints, there aren’t many ways that water does not benefit the body.
For centuries people have been searching for “the fountain of youth,” and while it has not yet been discovered, there have been strides in that direction, one of them being the human growth hormone (HGH). Secreted by the anterior pituitary gland in the brain, the hormone has extremely important effects on the human body including building lean muscle and bone growth.
The sudden popularity of the hormone can be attributed to a study “Effects of human growth hormone in men over 60 years of age” conducted by Dr. Daniel Rudman which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The results showed that after being injected with the hormone for six months, the men’s bodies seemed to be almost 20 years younger than the ones they started with.
Human growth hormone is essential for the normal growth of children as it plays a role in bone growth, muscle formation, and metabolic processes. As a person ages, the levels of growth hormone secretion decrease and so do its effects. For a few years now, HGH has been marketed as an anti-aging agent for many reasons including:
Promoting the growth of lean muscle
Growth hormone through the stimulation of IGF-1 increases the uptake of amino acids and increases the synthesis of proteins.
Stimulating bone growth
IGF-1 stimulates the proliferation and differentiation of cartilage cells known as chondrocytes. They help to produce and maintain the cartilaginous matrix.
The hormone has also been linked to increased calcium retention, and it also plays a role in stimulating the immune system.
Aging is categorized by a number of catabolic processes including a decrease in lean muscle mass, decreased bone density and a lowered immune system, so it is believed that the anabolic effects of growth hormone balances or even counteracts that of aging.
The hormone which is available in an oral formula, inhaled versions, and injections cost of a year’s supply of it can range from as little as $10,000 to $60,000. There are also ways that people can naturally boost the amount of human growth hormone circulating in their blood. While natural GH releasers exist, they aren’t as powerful as injections.
As expected, there are many people who claim otherwise, and while research continues into the how the hormone truly affects aging, the world will have to wait for the real “fountain of youth.”