Human growth hormone, known as HGH for short, is produced by the pituitary, an important gland located in the brain. This hormone is vitally important during childhood; children who suffer from a deficiency of HGH do not grow normally and may experience delayed puberty and short stature or even overt dwarfism. However, HGH has many roles beyond growth. It is involved in the metabolism of protein and fat, and it regulates many processes throughout the body. As adults in the Gainesville, FL area pass through middle-age and beyond, their HGH levels gradually begin to decline. Declines in this hormone may be involved in increases in body fat levels, fatigue, weakening muscles and bones, an increase in the risk of stroke and heart attacks, and cognitive declines.
A Look at Hormone Replacement Therapy
A synthetic form of HGH can be used to treat declining levels. It must be administered via injection because it is not bioavailable when taken orally. The exact dose and dosage regimen will be selected by our physician based on blood tests that measure how much of the hormone the patient is still producing.
Benefits of Replacement Therapy
Most people in Gainesville, FL report an almost immediate improvement in energy levels and feelings of improved well-being. Patients also experience increased exercise tolerance and increases in muscle mass. In addition, patients gradually lose excess body fat, particularly from the waist area. The therapy can make people feel younger, and the changes in body fat and muscle mass may even lead to a younger-looking body shape.
Getting Started with HGH Replacement Therapy
Patients on HGH replacement therapy will need regular blood tests to monitor their hormones, cholesterol, and insulin levels. Bone density will need to be checked on a regular basis as well. Of course, you can learn more information about the details of the treatment during an initial consultation with our specialist.
Listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, make an appointment at the office of Dr. James DeStephens in Gainesville, FL. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more information about HGH replacement therapy!