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ANTIAGING PRODUCTS - HORMONES

 

Hormones produced by glands, organs, and tissues, hormones act as the body's chemical messengers, flowing through the blood stream searching for special receptors. The activity of receptors are controlled by the specific hormone that fits it and also, to a lesser extent, by closely related hormones. The most commonly known are:

  • Growth Hormone - stimulates production of insulin-like growth factor [IGF-1], which in turn impacts the rate at which cells reproduce . As replacement of HGH through pills or injections is not effective in the first instance and expensive and inconvenient in the latter. The most reliable method is to use supplements that act as catalysts to encourage the body to produce higher levels of these hormones.
  • Oestrogen - Oestrogen replacement therapy - has been used for some years, in spite of divided controversy. Estrogen is used to relieve discomforts of menopause, slow reducing bone density and help prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • Progesterone - Progesterone is used to counter the adverse effects of estrogen alone replacement. In its most natural form it is applied as a cream, being absorbed through the skin to bypass the harmful effects on the liver.
  • Testosterone - Testosterone -preliminary studies suggest that testosterone replacement may likewise have benefits for aging men, by increasing bone and muscle mass and strength.
  • DHEA - [dehydroepiandrosterone] acts as a precursor to some other hormones, including both testosterone and oestrogen. DHEA supports anti-aging with stress response, immune system decline, and preventing certain chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease in men, cancer and multiple sclerosis. There is now evidence that too much DHEA can be harmful.
  • Melatonin - Produced in the pineal gland responds to light and regulates seasonal changes in the body. As it declines during aging, it may trigger changes throughout the endocrine system, which impact sleep and ones ability to adjust time zones.

Most hormones begin their decline at about age 30, and peri-menopausal symptoms in women are not uncommon from 35 onwards until full menopause is reached.

The goal of hormone replacement is to restore levels to those normally present at age 30. It is possible for this level to be maintained for life. Adverse effects from hormone replacement result only from excessive doses.

When some declining hormones are replaced, various signs of aging diminish.

Questions about cancer risks surrounding both oestrogen and testosterone replacement therapy have yet to be resolved, but many individuals agree that the small increase in risk is largely outweighed by the improvements in life quality.

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