The search for the fountain of youth, something that will ward off old age, is as old as humanity. Why? Simply put, the consequences of aging are very real. Wrinkles, gray or white hair, increased fat and less muscle, sagging skin, dry skin, age spots, dull skin, decreased physical endurance, cognitive and memory problems, slower healing from injury and illness, and reduced libido are all part of the aging process. It is not at all surprising that people would prefer to avoid these symptoms of an aging mind and body by seeking out anti-aging treatments.
Human growth hormone, or HGH, is naturally present in the body. As we age the amount of HGH decreases. Can replacing this hormone reverse the signs of aging? Some medical practitioners believe it can, and prescribe it off-label for their patients to increase muscle mass, reduce body fat, increase bone density, and build endurance. Such benefits can indeed improve a patient’s life; it is not surprising that people increasingly seek out medical providers who prescribe HGH to improve patients’ quality of life.