A disease is something that is abnormal in the body, usually detected through a series of symptoms that are out of the normal range of body functions. Aging is a condition that is diagnosed after the body goes through a series of symptoms that point to the deterioration of the body that is occurring. Is aging a disease, then? And, just like any other disease, wouldn’t it make sense to treat the disease of aging with an effective regimen of what the body is lacking, to slow the progression of the disease, improve the health of the body, and improve the overall quality of life?
Many people who study or treat aging, and are tasked with the management of the “symptoms” of aging, approach it like they would when treating any other disease. First, what is occurring in the body to cause a decrease in health and vitality? Most medical professionals versed in the treatment of older patients agree that the outward symptoms of aging (wrinkled skin, decreased organ function, change in vision, loss of energy, problems with cognition and memory) are due to two overall factors:
1. Cell damage. The damage that occurs to the body’s cellular structures can be significant and devastating. Free radicals, a build up of toxins, and the decrease in cells’ ability to grow and divide are the biggest culprits in the damage the body’s cells that result in most signs of aging.
2. Decrease in production of hormones. As the body grows older, its ability to produce and regulate hormones is decreased, which means the necessary substances needed to maintain and perform basic body functions are inhibited. The body begins to have a more difficult time doing the things that in youth were second nature.
Treating the disease of aging begins with an understanding of the real, physical symptoms that reflect what is happening inside the body. Fat increases, especially in organs and blood vessels, which negatively impacts health. Protein, a vital nutrient necessary for healthy bones, organs and muscles, is lost. The heart and brain are affected as the accumulation of years causes the brain to physically shrink and the vital heart muscle to become fiber. All of these changes, when taken together, result in a person who is dealing with noticeable loss of normal function.
While healthy foods, proper exercise, and a real effort to lessen exposure to toxins such as cigarette smoke, environmental toxins, and drugs go a long way toward helping slow or lessen the symptoms of aging, none of those actions have the ability to stop or reverse the symptoms. However, vast amounts of anecdotal evidence and some scientific evidence show that Human Growth Hormone does have the ability to slow down the progression of the disease of aging, and in many cases even reverse years of damage. Older adults who supplement with HGH get the optimal level of this hormone that is lost in adults who don’t take HGH, and this results in improved bone and muscle mass with less body fat, better immune health, more energy and stamina, and an increase in the ability to exercise. As all of these improvements occur, people become even more able to improve their health because they feel better, their body works better, and their brain functions at a better level!