No, HGH is a peptide hormone, not a steroid. A peptide is a substance from two or more amino acids. People often confuse human growth hormone (HGH) with other substances that can improve athletic ability, but HGH is not a steroid.
Some athletes combine HGH with prohibited substances, like anabolic steroids, to try to enhance their performance in competition, but that use of steroids is illegal. Because HGH can create some of the same results as certain steroids, people often confuse HGH with steroids.
For example, your body needs growth hormone to:
- Grow from a child to an adult
- Reach full adult height
- Form strong bones that are resistant to fracture
- Build lean muscle
- Improve strength and endurance
Since some athletes try to boost their strength, muscle mass, and stamina with steroids, people often incorrectly associate HGH with steroids.
What HGH Is
Your body makes HGH in the pituitary. Every day, your body makes new cells to replace the ones that degrade and die over time. HGH helps your body make these replacement cells. When your body cannot repair its cells or make enough new cells, you can start to develop signs of aging.
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What Happens When Your Body Starts to Make Less HGH
As we get older, the pituitary slows down its production of growth hormone. This process can begin when we are in our thirties. By the time we reach our forties and fifties, the body starts to feel the impact of such growth hormone deficiency. You might notice one or more of these indications of low growth hormone levels:
- It becomes more difficult to maintain your desired weight through diet, exercise, and healthy habits. Even people who were always “naturally thin” find that the pounds pack on and do not want to leave. As a result, you might feel frustrated. You could also feel depressed and have low self-esteem.
- Some people report that when their HGH levels were low, they woke up tired and had to crawl through their day, using caffeine and sugar for energy to get their work done. Having to rely on these substances can make it harder to control your weight.
- Lack of motivation. There was a time when your work excited you. You felt as if you could take on the world. You built your business or profession through hard work and looked forward to continued success. Now, your low energy levels might take a toll on your ability to remain competitive in your field. You need to get your vitality and enthusiasm back before your peers catch up and pass you.
- It takes longer to recover from your workouts. Strenuous exercise begins to make you feel wiped out instead of energized. You still feel tired the next day. Also, to add insult to injury, your time at the gym does not get you the same results that it used to. You are not building as much lean muscle as before.
- Your physique can change from a trim, lean profile to a flabby one with little muscle tone and sagging, droopy skin. You look in the mirror and do not see the person whom you think of as yourself.
Low HGH levels can affect every person in different ways. These are but a few examples of how you might feel if your growth hormone levels decrease.
How to Tell if Your HGH Levels Are Low
The only way to know for certain whether your HGH levels are low is to take medical diagnostic testing. Our HGH physicians order lab tests for our patients to definitively diagnose growth hormone deficiency and formulate an individualized treatment plan for each person. If you have diabetes, you would not take insulin without first checking your blood sugar level. You should know your HGH level before starting replacement therapy.
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How HGH Replacement Therapy Can Help
People who undergo HGH replacement therapy say that they experience these benefits when taking growth hormone:
- They sleep better and wake up feeling well-rested. As a result, they can think clearly and stay at the top of their game.
- They have more energy. As a result, their mood improves, and they have an optimistic outlook for the future.
- Their metabolism improves, and they can burn fats and carbs more quickly. Insulin resistance lowers, and weight control feels more natural.
- Their bone density increases, giving them more protection from fractures as they get older.
- With their improved appearance, body image, and energy, their interest in sex returns. HGH can also help with sexual performance and stamina.
If you want to find out whether HGH therapy could help you recapture the way you used to look and feel, you have no reason to delay. We only use bioidentical HGH, which is the most effective and safest form available. Call HealthGAINS today at (305) 912-8828 for a free consultation.