If you are old enough to be experiencing the symptoms of declining HGH, it is probably not your only hormone deficiency. Low testosterone and low growth hormone share many of the same symptoms. These two hormones particular for men, are intimately related. Several studies have shown that decreases in testosterone result in decreases in growth hormone, and vice versa.
The pituitary gland not only produces growth hormone, it regulates the production of testosterone. Men who are deficient in growth hormone are often deficient in testosterone, and in addition to the problems with low HGH, also may be experiencing the symptoms of Low-T.
In my own practice when men come to me thinking they have low-T, they also have low HGH, and vice versa. I usually wind up treating for both conditions with a comprehensive program of HRT designed to boost HGH and Testosterone levels.
The pituitary secretes growth hormone, but it also regulates the rest of your hormones including testosterone. If your growth hormone is low, chances are your entire endocrine system is off and you will be plagued by low energy, weight gain, loss of sex drive, and decreased mental acuity related to testosterone and the other hormones in addition to HGH that the system produces and regulates.
That is why we take a comprehensive approach to HRT designed to bring all of your hormones back into balance, and not simply raise your level of human growth hormone.
Our patients do very well on combined therapies of both HGH and testosterone replacement. The clinical data also supports such combined use. Research into the administration of growth hormone together with testosterone has shown impressive results. There are dramatic improvements in body composition, metabolism, energy levels, mood, kidney and cardiovascular functioning, and mental acuity.
Testosterone can be more effective than growth hormone in restoring muscle mass, but growth hormone is a critical player in the metabolism of body fat.
When two substances combine to increase the efficacy of the other, or provide increased benefit, we say they are “synergistic.” Synergistic effects between testosterone and growth hormone result in an increase in muscle definition and an average decrease in body fat of 21%, versus just 12% for growth hormone alone.
Anecdotally, most men who have been on combined therapies say it’s as much about the things they “don’t feel,” as it is about “feeling better.” They don’t feel as tired, they don’t feel as moody, and they no longer feel the typical “aches and pains of aging.”
They sleep better, heal faster, have improved sex lives, and just report a vastly improved quality of life.