What do growing and aging entail? Initially, we all grow rapidly from birth to approximately age 20. Subsequently, aging begins in our mid-20s. Then, after about age 50 or 60, we begin a rapid decaying process known as advanced aging. During these significant years, our bodies change shape. We diminish in height by an inch or two.
We lose muscle mass in a process called sarcopenia. On average, men lose half of their muscle mass between the ages of 35 and 70. This effect is evident by the statistic that half of all 70-year-old men cannot lift themselves out of an armchair without using their arms.
During this time period, our bones shrink and lose minerals. Eventually, our bones become fragile and subject to breakage. Our organs, such as the liver, spleen, and kidney, atrophy. Our brain volume decreases by one-third. We increase in fat accumulation, leading to misshaped bodies and possibly to type 2 diabetes. Our skin wrinkles and becomes paper-thin when it loses collagen. Our immunity declines, making us subject to influenza and COVID-19 (1).
Aging is the result of chemicals and radiation-causing free radicals as well as the body’s normal cellular metabolism. During the past few decades, research has shown that a decline in HGH causes these undesirable changes in our bodies (1).
Why HGH Is Special
The pituitary gland secretes HGH, and as the name suggests, it is responsible for the growth and repair of all our tissues and organs. The growth of our bones causes our increased height. The skeletal muscles enlarge. The growth of the thymus gland and its secretion of thymosin alpha one (ThymosinMax) are essential in our development of immunity. This process is under the control of HGH. In addition, HGH affects many other functions such as sugar metabolism, kidney function, and cardiac function.
Furthermore, HGH releases fatty acids from fatty tissues, reduces sugar uptake by muscles, and promotes general protein synthesis. Thus, HGH causes increased energy when the burning of fat and sugar creates adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary gasoline for our cells. Moreover, HGH produces protein and burns fat.
HGH is mainly produced at night when we sleep in approximately six to eight pulses. The most pronounced of these pulses occurs when we first enter REM sleep shortly after laying our heads on a pillow. Growth hormone is strictly regulated by hypothalamic factors such as HGH-releasing hormone, a releaser, and somatostatin (IGF-1), an inhibitor. Neural transmitters balance these two essential factors. As we age, these neurotransmitters may not function properly, resulting in a decline in the amount of HGH released.
Why We Grow as Children and Adolescents
As a result of low pituitary activity (hypopituitarism) or a lack of protein—especially meat—children show low growth rates, have pale and unhealthy bodies, and remain short in height. However, most of these children readily respond to recombinant HGH injections or secretagogue sublingual sprays (ReleasingMax and SermMax). Similarly, HGH-deficient adults respond to this therapy by increasing their body and muscle mass and decreasing their fat mass. In addition, they show minor increases in isometric strength and exercise capacity. The latter two benefits improve with the addition of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) injections or secretagogue spray (Stay Sharp) to existing therapies.
Both HGH and IGF-1 diminish with age, as revealed in studies with animals and humans (see Stay 40, available on Amazon). Serum HGH and IGF-1 rise during the first four hours of sleep in children and adolescents. However, these peaks are flattened in adults, and many people over 40 produce very low amounts of repair peptides and hormones. This phenomenon results in a lack of repair of the body’s cells and an increase in the aging process. This also explains why older adolescents and twentysomethings can party all night and go to work the following day—their serum levels of HGH and IGF-1 are so wonderfully high that their bodies can repair even if they abuse themselves with alcohol and lack of sleep.
The scientist Rudman (2) reported that people 20–29 years of age release substantial amounts of HGH, whereas half of those 60–79 years of age secrete significantly lower amounts. Researcher Ho (4) reported serum HGH was much greater in the young (18–33) than in the old (more than 55 years of age).
Reversing Aging by Burning Fat and Building Muscle
Furthermore, Rudman and his colleagues studied healthy men 61–81 years old for six months. Their plasma IGF-1 rose from 0.35 U/ml to the youthful range of 0.50–1.5 U/ml, accompanied by a 14-percent decrease in adipose (fat) tissue mass as well as an increase in lean body mass (9 percent), skin thickness (7 percent), and average lumbar vertebral bone density (1.6 percent). This six-month antiaging therapy demonstrated a true reversal in the aging process that was equivalent to 10 to 20 years of aging and reversed the damages incurred by it. The reversal of aging by burning fat and building muscle in aging adults represents the essence of life extension and health maintenance.
We can now partially control how we age. With the help of SermMax, ReleasingMax, and StaySharp, we can reverse or delay much of aging’s ravaging effects. We can look healthy, feel young, act strong and bold, and lead a productive and rewarding second adulthood. Rediscover your potential and gain a new handle on your life.
1. Rudman, D. 1985, “Growth hormone, body composition and aging,” J. Amer. Geriatrics Soc., 33:800.
2. Rudman, D. 1981, “Impaired growth hormone secretion in the adult population: Relation to age adiposity.” J. Clin. Invest.; 67:1361. Ho, K.Y. et al. 1987, "Effects of sex and age on the 24-hour profiles of growth hormone secretion in man: Importance of endogenous estradiol concentrations." J. Clin. Endocrinology and Metabolism; 64:51.