Time flies, and once people hit 40 it often seems to fly even faster. Now middle-aged individuals were once young and vigorous, but now that their youth is gone, their vigor sometimes is as well.
For those seeking to restore their vanished vitality, human growth hormone (HGH) treatments in Newport Beach can help. A Newport Beach doctor may be able to help turn back the clock and rejuvenate you.
HGH is produced in the pituitary gland, and it aids the body in regulating metabolism. Unfortunately, HGH levels peak at about the point many people are graduating from college and decline significantly over the next two decades.
As HGH levels decrease, patients may notice they are developing age-related physical, mental and emotional symptoms. Examples of symptoms that may relate to low HGH levels include:
Blood testing and other methods may reveal higher levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. Patients may find themselves getting sick more often as immune function declines, and it can take them longer to recover.
Once patients begin an HGH treatment regimen, they often feel better physically and mentally, and perhaps even spiritually. They may lose weight and find they have more energy and a better attitude, and exercising and other physical activities can become easier. Ideally, a patient’s HGH levels are restored to those they experienced in their 30s.
HGH treatment can also help protect against cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure and lessening cholesterol levels. HGH may protect against osteoporosis and diabetes as well.
The actual administration of HGH treatments is relatively simple. Before starting, the patient receives a thorough medical examination and has blood taken for hormone level testing. With that information, their doctor decides on the initial dosage. HGH treatments require daily subcutaneous injections, which the doctor will teach the patient to perform.
At least once a month, and possibly more often, the patient must have their blood tested for hormone levels to determine whether they are receiving the correct amount of HGH. Once the right level of hormones is reached, testing frequency goes down. The doctor regularly monitors patients’ overall health while they are receiving HGH treatments.
The goal of HGH treatments is achieving optimal health. That means more than daily injections are involved. Patients will receive an individually prepared diet and exercise plan suited for their needs. Certain supplements may help patients make the most of their HGH treatment, and their doctor will make such recommendations if applicable.
HGH treatments are relatively safe, but like any treatment there are possible side effects. For HGH, this mostly consists of an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome or swelling in the arms and legs. Some patients may experience joint or muscle pain. Rarely, male patients undergoing HGH treatments will develop gynecomastia, or enlargement of the breasts.
The good news is that lower HGH amounts will usually reverse these side effects. However, there are those for whom HGH treatments are contraindicated. These include people diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, or other serious diseases.
If you would like to learn more about human growth hormone treatments, call the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today to schedule a consultation. In addition to periodic consultations in person in Newport Beach, Dr. Jacobson is also available to schedule appointments over FaceTime, Skype, or telephone.