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How Safe Are Prescription Anti-Aging Hormones?

May 28, 2008
Looking young and fit is the new age mantra. While fitness can be achieved with some efforts, maintaining youthfulness is more difficult. However, there are people who will stop at nothing in order to stop the clock so that they not only look young but also feel so. Prescription anti-aging hormones are what many people take recourse to in this respect. However, playing with hormones is risky and before taking any such step one must understand its ramifications fully.

The hormone that is used by bodybuilders in order to get those bulging muscles through an increase in muscle mass is also the one that people employ in order to enhance their energy levels and lifespan. This is the Human Growth Hormone (HGH), the hormone most commonly used to delay the onset of the aging process. The human body naturally produces HGH, a growth hormone. While the HGH is not a steroid it is mistakenly considered so by most people owing to the fact that it is an anabolic hormone.

There are several reasons why this prescription anti-aging hormone is used by people. The elderly opt for this because it works to strengthen the bone. Another of its function is to increase height and build muscle. Muscle building is possible because the HGH is able to enhance nitrogen balance and synthesize protein. All this makes the HGH a highly attractive option to explore in order to stop the ravages that aging brings.

Research carried out and studies done on the use of this prescription anti-aging hormone has pointed towards several side effects that must be thoroughly considered before contemplating its use. A very dangerous side effect that HGH has is of raising the blood pressure. So, for all those who have an elevated blood pressure or are borderline cases, using HGH could seriously compromise their health. Other side effects include muscle soreness and pain. Headaches, swelling and bloating as well as arthritis are other adverse effects of prescription anti-aging hormones.

It is wise to first consult a doctor on the issue so as to judge its safety and efficacy. For this purpose you will have to search for a specialist in the field as not all doctors are knowledgeable enough to advise people on this subject. If you are serious about getting prescription anti-aging hormone therapy, make sure to find a doctor who has experience behind him and who understands the world of hormones deeply. With an eye on expected results and the side effects of hormone therapy, he should be able to advise you about the course to follow. Also make sure to get a second opinion or go a step further and consult several specialists so that you get a fair idea of what a majority of experts in the field think about the topic. After considering the associated risks and dangers if you are convinced that this is the best route to take, get your doctor to answer your queries and remove any doubts that you may have.

While prescription anti-aging hormones may sound like a tempting proposition, it could cause serious problems, an aspect that cannot be ignored.
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